Starting July 1, legal age attendees at a licensed wine festival in Alabama can purchase up to one case of wine from the participating wineries for off-premise personal consumption. A case of wine is defined as the equivalent of 12, 750-milliliter bottles.
On April 23, the governor signed Act No. 2021-287 by Sen. Andrew Jones, R-Centre, and Rep. Becky Nordgren, R-Gadsden, which limits the authorized festivals to five days. Wineries will be able to provide tastings and sell their wine for on- and off-premise consumption at the festivals. The ABC board is to develop rules to implement the law.
Without this law, wineries “could take their wines to festivals for consumers to taste, but they couldn’t sell it,” Nordgren said.
“This will help wineries get their product to market,” said Jones. “They lose the sale if it doesn’t happen in the moment.”
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