Where Can I Ship Wine?
Can You Buy Wine Online?
The online marketplace and direct delivery has made online shopping a completely different endeavor than a couple decades ago. Ecommerce has opened doors to unbelievably convenient shopping and allows us to explore, discover, and experience products that may have not been available to us otherwise.
Selling and shipping across state lines does have its complications, particularly when it comes to alcohol. The complex rules and regulations may have many people wondering, “Where exactly can I ship wine?”
The Wine Shipping Basics
A few states in the US prohibit companies sending wine directly to consumers, while other states limit the amount of wine one can send. To make it even more confusing, the wine shipping information isn’t standardized across the board--some states limit by gallon, others by bottle, and others by case, and some, such as Alaska, simply say “a reasonable quantity.”
It can be frustrating trying to understand the legal jargon when all you want to do is ship wine to yourself or a friend.
This is why we have condensed this information into an easy-to-understand article. Below are the wine shipping requirements for all 50 states, including Washington DC. While there are only seven states which prohibit the delivery of wine, the majority do allow for some quantity of wine, and a few even allow you to receive unlimited quantities of wine.
Prohibited to Ship Wine
Unfortunately, if you live in Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Kentucky, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Utah, or Rhode Island you cannot ship wine to your state. However, there are certain exceptions. For example, if you live in Rhode Island and visit an out-of-state winery, you can arrange to have them ship wine directly to your home, but using a common carrier (FedEx, UPS) is illegal.
Strict Limitations to Ship Wine
Hawaii (6 cases/year), Wyoming (4 cases/year), Tennessee (3 cases/year), Minnesota (2 cases/year).
Special Case: Alaska. While direct wine shipping to some communities in Alaska is unlimited, it is prohibited to ship wine to dry communities. So, if you plan to ship wine to Alaska, it is best to check if the particular community is dry or not.
Lax Limitations to Ship Wine
The following states allow for 12-36 cases of wine to be shipped each year, listed in alphabetical order: Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington DC, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
No Limitations To Ship Wine
If you live in California, Colorado, Florida, Washington, Arizona, or Iowa, you can ship wine directly with virtually no limitations.
Ship Wine Direct
Unless you live where wine delivery is prohibited, you have plenty of options to fulfill your wine craving. Joining a wine club is a great way to enjoy the tastes of the land--monthly wine delivery allows connoisseurs to taste distinctive varietals they may not have had access to otherwise, and novice wine drinkers can explore new types of wine every month.
Our Stargazer of the Month Club has 3-month, 6-month, or 1-year options where we will send four bottles of our award-winning wine each month. These quantities (including the 1-year option) fits within the wine shipping limitations of nearly every state.
The Amazon Marketplace is another excellent wine delivery option, and they are sure to adhere to each state’s policies and regulations. We have also made our wines available on this convenient platform here: Stargazer Barn Wine on Amazon.
I’ll raise my glass to that. Cheers!