The first step in expanding any DtC business in Pennsylvania is becoming compliant with the many rules and regulations required there. Below is a list of what to watch out for.
Wineries are limited to shipping no more than 36 cases per individual per calendar year.
All packages containing wine must be clearly labeled, “CONTAINS ALCOHOL: SIGNATURE OF PERSON 21 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER REQUIRED FOR DELIVERY.”
Wineries should collect data on each sale made, including purchaser and recipient information and the contents of each package shipped. These data should be retained in case of audit, and must be regularly reported to the state.
$2.50 per gallon on all wine
Sales Tax: 6% + local rates for sales made to the Philadelphia or Alleghany tax districts. The Johnstown Flood Tax does not apply to DtC sales
Pennsylvania requires, as a condition of holding a DtC license in the state, that a winery verify the age of the purchaser of a DtC wine order at the time of the order. However, the PLCB has delayed enforcement of this rule until December 31, 2018, so the state can determine the exact methods that a winery would need to follow when conducting age verifications.