A consumer can procure any wine they wish from a winery. In order to ship wine to Massachusetts, the winery can apply for a license with the state, which can be obtained easily. There are currently more than 200 wineries with direct shipping licenses.
There is a common misconception out there that if you lived in Massachusetts, you cannot receive wine shipped from a winery in or out of state. This is simply not true.
Although theLegislature passed a bill in 2014 allowing direct shipping, wineries have been allowed to ship directly to Massachusetts consumers since 2006. As in the past, the wineries must apply for a permit and pay taxes and deliver to someone that is 21 years or older.
The three-tier system in America helps prevent contaminated alcohol from reaching consumers because alcohol is required to go from a licensed manufacturer to a licensed distributor to a licensed retailer.
Wholesalers support comprehensive underage access and drunk driving policies and offered model legislation for ignition interlocks adopted in the federal highway bill. Wholesalers work hand-in-hand with suppliers, retailers, and government regulators to ensure product is sold in a transparent, accountable fashion.
All tiers of the beverage alcohol industry have a vested interest and a commitment to keeping alcohol out of the hands of underage drinkers. To meet this challenge, industry leaders from the retail, supplier and wholesale sectors have joined together to re-launch a campaign created several years ago by the Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer watchdog organization.
In addition, wholesalers, retailers and suppliers will work together to deploy billboards, online advertising and point of sale materials underscoring their shared commitment to the campaign. Members of the industry know first-hand that an effective campaign can help raise awareness of this important issue and help draw attention to the dangers of underage drinking.
In today’s beverage alcohol industry, the three-tier system is a responsible and efficient distribution system that delivers adults the widest variety of products available anywhere in the world in a manner that controls access for of-age consumers, delivers tax revenue to local, state and federal governments, and ensures product safety and consumer protection.