Rhode Island: Let's Remove the Winery Visit Penalty

Updated March 11, 2022

Dear Wine Lovers of Rhode Island,

As you may know, Rhode Island state law includes an unusual “winery visit penalty” requiring you to visit a winery premises before that licensed winery can ship directly to your home or business in Rhode Island.

We’re pleased to say that Senate Bill 2420 has been introduced this year and would remove the visitation requirement.

Now, we need your help.


  1. Write Your State Legislators: Take 2 minutes and personalize our sample message below, which will be sent directly to your state legislators.
  2. Join our Facebook Page for news and updates and pending legislation.
  3. Email a Link to Your Friends and Colleagues: Legislators really do listen to consumers and we need wine lovers to speak up.

Many Rhode Island residents simply have wine shipped to friends and family outside the state. But that is less convenient and diverts needed tax revenues from the state. Only Rhode Island and Arkansas have this visitation requirement; Arizona removed theirs in 2016.

Together, we hope to bring reasonable shipping legislation to Rhode Island’s wine lovers. Thank you for your support!

Free the Grapes!