STATEHOUSE – State Representative Tom Dermody (R-LaPorte) sponsored a bill that would expand direct-to-consumer shipments of wine in Indiana. This legislation passed out of the Indiana House of Representatives by a vote of 91-7.
Under SB 113, a direct wine seller will be able to sell and ship wine directly to a consumer if the consumer provides their name, a valid delivery address and telephone number and proof of age with a state or federal government issued ID. This removes the current requirement that the consumer provide information in one face-to-face transaction at the seller’s place of business prior to direct wine shipment.
“By allowing Indiana wineries to expand and diversify their market, we are looking to attract more in state and out of state customers to Indiana wineries,” said Rep. Dermody. “By removing the face-to-face requirement, which is an unnecessary burden on small wineries, we believe we will see an increase in revenue for Hoosier wineries and in turn, an even stronger Hoosier economy.”
The bill also increases the total amount of wine a direct wine seller may direct ship in Indiana from 27,000 liters to 45,000 liters during a permit year.
“I have dedicated a significant amount of time this session to modernizing Indiana Code on a variety of public policy issues,” said Rep. Dermody. “I believe this is an important step towards lessening the burden on these wineries, which have an undeniable economic impact on the state.”
For more information on SB 113, please visit iga.in.gov.