Indiana Moving Towards Self Distribution?
Only three Midwestern states do not allow wineries to distribute wine directly to restaurants and retailers: Kentucky, Wisconsin and Indiana.
Now a bill is pending in the Indiana state legislature that would allow up to 5,000 gallons of wine to be sold directly by wineries therefore bypassing wine distributors.
Like distributors in other Midwestern states, Indiana distributors have little interest in selling local wine made by small producers. Generally, small wineries have had success with retail sales in states that allow the winery to sell directly to grocery stores, restaurants and wine shops.
Midwest Wine Press supports this overdue legislation that would grant Indiana wineries the freedom of less restricted commerce. Selling local wine does far more to benefit local economies than bringing in another shipment from California or France.