Rhode Island: Let's Remove the Winery Visit Penalty

Updated August 2, 2019

Dear Wine Lovers of Rhode Island,

As previously reported, House Bill 5454 was scheduled for a legislative committee hearing last February. The bill, if passed, would remove the “winery visit penalty,” allowing you to purchase wines directly from licensed wineries without having to visit that winery first. Unfortunately, there was not a quorum in the hearing and so the bill has not moved.

More importantly the bill was put into a study committee and so is unlikely to resurface in 2019. But please continue to support legal, regulated winery direct shipping (without the winery visit penalty) by using our website, below, to write your state legislator today.

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 in other states.

Thank you for your support,

Free the Grapes!