A Democratic senator from Philadelphia has begun circulating a bill for co-sponsorship that would allow in-state and out-of-state wineries to ship wine directly to consumers in the commonwealth.
“All wineries must be issued a direct wine shipper license in order to ship directly to consumers,” said Sen. Larry Farnese, the primary sponsor of the proposed bill. “The bill is meant to expand consumer choice while still enabling Pennsylvania wineries to maintain their ability to sell direct to consumers, which makes up a considerable amount of sales for many of them.”
Online orders today are shipped to a state store, and quantities and types are limited.
Similar bills have been proposed in previous sessions. A few even cleared the Senate and House in unanimous fashion before dying in the other chamber.
Last year, the House passed House Bill 121, which would have allowed wineries to ship an unlimited amount of wine to a consumer. If the bill was signed into law, it was estimated that a minimum of 300 wineries would obtain a direct wine shipper license.
That bill died in the Senate.
A related bill cleared the Senate in 2012 before failing to move in the House.
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