Michigan Wine Shipping Laws

Michigan is best known for its cherries, meaning that many of the wineries in this area make cherry wines! I've been to a few wineries in Michigan.

Michigan has a REALLY bizarre law on the books, signed in by Governor Granholm in 2005. A given winery can ship up to 1,500 cases to people across the state in a given year. It's done by state, not by person! So in most states the law reads something like "a consumer can get 1 case of wine a month from a given winery." Here they are saying "the first 1,500 cases to Michigan, whoever they go to, are fine. Then nobody at all can get any wine from that winery for the rest of the year."

So this really encourages people to buy in huge bulk at the beginning of the year, to ensure they're part of that 1,500 block of people! If you wait until the end of the year, the winery may be "sold out" in essence and unable to ship any wine to you!

Let me know if you have any fresh information about Michigan wine shipping laws! If you have recently had wine shipped in to you here, please let me know how smoothly the experience went. Often the laws say one thing, but FedEx and UPS say another!

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