After a long delay, we can now ship wine directly to our loyal customers in Maryland.
The challenge of direct-to-consumer wine shipments, and the reason that our friends in the other 23 states can’t order our wine directly, is that each state’s laws differ. In some states, direct-to-consumer shipments are outright banned. In others, the barries to entry (high permit fees, winery volume caps) are prohibitive to the many wineries.
There are lots of things at play here – probably too many to delve into for a simple blog post.
The bottom line is that we feel wine lovers in any state should be allowed to order from any winery (large or small, next door or across the country) and we hope things continue to progress in that direction.
Maryland is a recent success story, but for us, there are 23 more challenges out there to face.
Our friends at Free the Grapes do good work in creating awareness of this issue and fighting to open more states to direct-to-consumer wine shipments. Follow them on Facebook for updates and consider supporting the cause.