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Oregon Wine Grapes
Changes to Oregon's Winery Laws

The Oregon Legislature passed HB 2633 during the 2011 session. This legislation changed ORS 471.223 (Oregon’s Wine License Statute) to clarify the requirements, privileges, and tax obligations of licensed Oregon wineries.
 
Beginning January 1, 2014, state law will require:
  1. Oregon wineries to possess, maintain, and present the appropriate federal producer or federal wholesaler permits at the time of initial licensing (or at their license renewal if already licensed);
  2. OLCC licensed wineries operating as ‘Custom Crush’ or ‘Virtual’ operations (businesses that contract out part or all of their winery production) to have at least one written contract to produce wine with a ‘Brick and Mortar’ winery licensed and operating in Oregon;
  3. And will only allow a winery possessing a federal wholesale permit to exercise state license privileges for those brands that are under their control.
These changes to law could impact both new and currently operating licensed businesses. The federal permitting process takes time, and you are encouraged to begin this process soon if you have not already obtained your necessary federal permits. The OLCC will be reviewing the federal permit status of all existing Oregon wineries during the processing of their 2014 license renewals. New applicants will be required to present their federal permit as part of their license investigation.
 
In some cases Oregon businesses currently licensed as a winery will not qualify for either a federal producer or federal wholesaler permit. These businesses typically operate as wine shops selling bottled wines for off-premises consumption. If this describes your business, and you wish to continue making off-premises (“to-go”) sales, you will need to apply for an Off-Premises Sales License. Please contact the OLCC if you have questions or need assistance with the application process.


For more information contact:

Alisa Larsen
alisa.larsen@state.or.us
503-872-6767