June 6th, 2007
The Illinois House of Representatives passed Illinois HB 429, which allows direct to consumer shipping by out-of-state wineries, by a vote of 92-6 yesterday. If passed by the Senate and signed by Governor Rod Blagojevich, the bill will afford individual Illinois residents the opportunity to receive up to 12 cases of wine per year from permitted wineries.
As mentioned in our previous post, HB 429 also gives small wineries – those producing less than 25,000 gallons per year – the privilege of shipping directly to Illinois retailers. This provision will increase access to Illinois for those wineries who fall within the production limit requirement.