Hanna applauds PLCB for approving first direct wine shipper licenses in Pa.

HARRISBURG, Aug. 18 – State Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Centre/Clinton, applauds the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board for approving the first five direct wine shipper licenses under Act 39 on Tuesday, allowing Pennsylvania residents to have wine shipped directly to their homes.

Hanna said the historic liquor reforms of Act 39 took effect last week and allow consumers to take full advantage of increased convenience measures. Hanna voted for the modernization proposal when it was considered in the House on June 7 and applauded Gov. Tom Wolf for acting swiftly in signing the proposal into law the next day.

According to the PLCB, Pennsylvania residents can now receive up to 36 cases (nine liters per case) per year of wine shipped by a wine producer licensed by the PLCB as a “direct wine shipper.”

“I know many of my constituents are happy with the liquor modernization efforts that have recently taken effect,” said Hanna. “Direct shipping simply enhances the convenience measures we are seeing throughout the commonwealth and is particularly welcomed by those who live in rural communities.”  

The PLCB noted that since Act 39 became effective last week, it lifted a number of restrictions to direct wine shipping in Pennsylvania: 

  • Previously, only limited wineries were permitted to ship directly to residents' homes. Other direct wine shipments had to be delivered to Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores for pick up by the consumer.

  • The limit to direct wine shipment purchases was increased from nine liters per month from a single direct wine shipper – the equivalent of one case per month, or 12 cases per year – to up to 36 cases per year.

  • No longer do direct shipped wines need to be wines not offered for sale by the PLCB.

  • Previously, direct shipped wine was subject to sales tax, Pennsylvania's 18 percent liquor tax and a handling fee. Direct-shipped wine is now subject to state and local sales tax and a $2.50 per gallon wine excise tax. 

The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide and licenses more than 20,000 beverage alcohol producers and retailers. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.state.pa.us.