Update: April 6, 2020
Dear Indiana Wine Lovers,
Unfortunately, Senate Bill 11 died as the legislative session adjourned for 2020.
The bill would have removed the “wholesaler exclusion” that requires wineries to either sell their wines through wholesaler middlemen or directly to consumers, but not both. While Indiana is one of 45 states that allows legal direct to consumer shipments from licensed wineries, the Hoosier State is the only one that includes this anti-competitive regulation. The wholesaler-winery relationship is an important one as it is the only way a winery can sell their wines to Indiana’s restaurants and liquor stores.
Thanks to all of you who wrote your state legislators. Eventually we expect legislation to be filed to repeal the law. We appreciate your continued efforts in support of ending the winery lockout and will issue updates as developments warrant.
Free the Grapes!