Shipping Wine in the US

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Shipping wine in the US has always been a confusing affair. Some states allow shipping only within the state, others allow out-of-state shipping, but only from wineries, not retail stores. Now that the Supreme Court has once again weighed in on the matter, things are still not exactly crystal clear. What is clear, however, is that in the coming months and years, more and more states will be forced to change their laws to either allow all shipping or none at all. While we ride that coming wave of change, here’s a quick refresher on where things stand now.

Map of wine shipping laws by state.
Wine Shipping by US State

These states allow all shipping and are the 15 states that Prime Cellar serves:

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Washington, DC
  • Idaho
  • Louisiana
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Oregon
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming

These states only allow in-state shipping and thus are directly affected by the Supreme Court’s June ruling:

  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Texas
  • Illinois
  • Michigan
  • Ohio
  • Massachusetts
  • Washington
  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Missouri
  • Minnesota
  • Indiana
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Maine

We hope that the future will see the latter list shrink and the former grow. The other 20 states not listed prohibit any alcohol shipped direct to consumers.

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