New Jersey: Update from 2022

Updated: February 8, 2022

Dear Wine Lovers of New Jersey,

On January 3, 2022, Assembly Bill 1943 successfully passed on a 5-1 vote out of the Oversight, Reform and Federal Relations Committee.  While this is very good news, the bill did not get any further in the waning days of the 2020-21 legislative session. But the favorable vote provides good momentum going into the next 2-year session.

Now an update: Two favorable bills look poised to get consideration: Assembly Bill 2432 and Senate Bill 549. We will keep you updated on their progress and when to contact your state legislators.

We appreciate all of you for writing letters to your legislators through, making phone calls, and supporting our long-term efforts. New Jersey is the only state that bans winery-to-consumer shipments from wineries producing more than 250,000 gallons (106,000 cases, considered a medium-sized winery) each vintage. It also prohibits small and medium-sized wineries owned by larger wineries (over the total capacity cap) from shipping directly to you. Arizona and Massachusetts removed similar “capacity cap” statutes years ago, and Ohio removed its capacity cap more recently, in September 2021.

The capacity cap prevents wine shipping from wineries responsible for producing more than 90% of U.S. wine.

We’re not giving up on New Jersey!

Thank you,

Free the Grapes!