Wine officially can be delivered directly to Pennsylvania residents' homes


Wine can now be delivered directly to your home if you live in Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board on Aug. 16 approved the first direct shipper licenses under Act 39, which has opened up booze sales in the state.

The bill, signed by Gov. Tom Wolf in June, allows wine producers to ship up to 36 cases of wine per year to residents.

Under the new provisions, direct wine shipper licenses can only be awarded to wine producers, both in and out of the state, said Elizabeth Brassell, spokeswoman with the LCB.

"So unless a wine club is producing the wine it sells, it would not be eligible for the license. Out-of-state wineries that obtain the licenses would be able to ship to Pennsylvania residents," she said.

On Tuesday, the LCB approved five direct shipper licenses out of 124 requests submitted:

  • Sand Castle Winery, Inc., Erwinna
  • Thorn Hill Vineyards, Lower Lake California
  • Grace Hill Winery, Glen Mills
  • Blue Mountain Vineyards & Cellars, New Tripoli
  • Clover Hill Enterprises Inc., Breinigsville

In addition, Act 39 lifted the following restrictions to direct shipping, according to the LCB:

  • Now, wine can be shipped directly to consumers' homes. Previously, only limited wineries were permitted to ship directly to residents' homes. Other direct wine shipments had to be delivered to Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores for pick up by the consumer.
  • The limit to direct wine shipment purchases is now up to 36 cases per year from a single direct wine shipper, three times the previous limit of nine liters per month, the equivalent of one case per month.
  • The restriction that only wines not offered for sale by the PLCB could be direct shipped has been eliminated.

Wine that is directly shipped is subject to state and local sales tax and a $2.50 per gallon wine excise tax. In the past, direct shipped wine was subject to sales tax, Pennsylvania's 18 percent liquor tax and a handling fee, according to the LCB.