Maryland Wine Shipping Laws

Unfortunately, for many, many years Maryland is one of the most awful states when it comes to wine shipping. In Maryland you could not ship wines to your home either from in state or out of state! It was in fact a FELONY to ship wines to your house. Can you imagine that receiving a nice bottle of Champagne was considered a felony act?

Wine lovers desperately tryied to fix this situation. In 2009 they worked on HB 1262 - but of course the wholesaler market lobbied against it. The wholesalers don't want people buying wines they enjoy directly from the winery. They want people to buy the wines from them. However, those wholesalers only stock X number of wines. What happens if a person wants a wine that is not on that list? Too bad!

The 2009 bill was withdrawn. From Paul in MD, in Aug 2009: "The bills failed this year. We'll try again in 2011, or next year."

Finally on May 10, 2011, a law went into place allowing SOME shipments of wine. However even in February 2017 there were still laws on the books Preventing Some Wine Shipping in Maryland.

Let me know if you have any fresh information about Maryland 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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