January 17th, 2006
Following up on our previous post, small wineries are once again crying foul in Illinois over legislation introduced by the Illinois distributor lobby. The bill would require an initial on-site purchase before off-site sales can be made and would establish a customer aggregate volume limit of two cases per year. Illinois wineries are taking issue with both the previous visit requirement as well as the customer aggregate volume limit. Fred Koehler, president of Lynfred Winery calls the two case limit “ridiculous” and estimates that they could lose up to 15-20 percent of revenues under the bill.