Updated: July 1, 2018
Dear Wine Lovers of Rhode Island,
As you know, bills have been introduced over the past several years to remove an archaic provision that requires Rhode Island wine lovers like you to visit a winery before receiving a shipment of wine directly from that winery.
Unfortunately, positive bills have died in committee. But we are hopeful that a bill will be introduced in 2019 that we can support.
Of the 45 states and the District of Columbia that allow winery-to-consumer shipments, only Rhode Island and Arkansas include the winery visit penalty. A similar restriction on winery direct shipping was overturned in Arizona in 2016.
It’s time to give you the freedom to choose which wine you want to enjoy, just like wine lovers do in nearly every other state. We will keep you informed as we learn more.
Thank you for your continued support!
Free the Grapes!