Law:Title 3. Licenses And Permits. Subtitle A. Permits from Chapter 16. Winery Permit (Texas)

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Subtitle A. Permits

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Chapter 16. Winery Permit

Section  16.01.  Authorized Activities.

(a) Except as provided by Section 16.011, the holder of a winery permit may:

(1)  manufacture, bottle, label, and package wine containing not more than 24 percent alcohol by volume;

(2)  manufacture fruit brandy and:

(A)  use that brandy on the winery permit holder's permitted premises for fortifying purposes only; or

(B)  sell that brandy to other winery permit holders;

(3)  import or buy fruit brandy from a permit holder authorized to manufacture fruit brandy and use that brandy on the winery permit holder's permitted premises for fortifying purposes only;

(4)  sell wine in this state to or buy wine from permit holders authorized to purchase and sell wine, including holders of wholesaler's permits, winery permits, and wine bottler's permits;

(5)  sell wine to ultimate consumers:

(A)  for consumption on the winery premises; or

(B)  in unbroken packages for off-premises consumption in an amount not to exceed 35,000 gallons annually;

(6)  sell the wine outside this state to qualified persons;

(7)  blend wines; and

(8)  dispense free wine for consumption on the winery premises.

(b)  The holder of a winery permit may manufacture and label wine for an adult in an amount not to exceed 50 gallons annually for the personal use of the adult.  Any amount of wine produced under this subsection is included in the annual total amount that may be sold by the holder under Subsection (a)(5).  An adult for whom wine is manufactured and labeled under this subsection is not required to hold a license or permit issued under this code.

(c)  The holder of a winery permit may conduct wine samplings, including wine tastings at a retailer's premises. A winery employee may open, touch, or pour wine, make a presentation, or answer questions at a wine sampling.

 

Without reference to the amendment of subsec. (d) by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1051, Sec. 1, Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1119, Sec. 3 repealed subsec. (d)

 

(d)  The holder of a winery permit may sell wine to ultimate consumers for consumption on or off winery premises and dispense free wine for consumption on or off the winery premises.

(e)  The holder of a winery permit may dispense wine for consumption on the premises of the winery under Section 16.07.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 416, ch. 194, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977. Amended by Acts 1979, 66th Leg., p. 2116, ch. 819, Sec. 1, eff. June 13, 1979; Acts 1981, 67th Leg., p. 2212, ch. 515, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 31, 1981; Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 934, Sec. 27, eff. Sept. 1, 1993; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 998, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1257, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1051, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2003; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1119, Sec. 1, 3, eff. Sept. 13, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 275, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.



Section 16.011.  Premises In Dry Area.

A winery permit may be issued for premises in an area in which the sale of wine has not been authorized by a local option election.  A holder of a permit under this section may engage in any activity authorized under Section 16.01 except that the permit holder may sell or dispense wine under that section only if the wine is:

(1)  bottled in this state; and

(2)  at least 75 percent by volume fermented juice of grapes or other fruit grown in this state or a lesser percentage established by the commissioner of agriculture under Section 12.039, Agriculture Code.

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1119, Sec. 2., eff. Sept. 13, 2003

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 878, Sec. 3, eff. June 17, 2005.



Section  16.02.  Fee.

The annual state fee for a winery permit is $75.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 416, ch. 194, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977. Amended by Acts 1979, 66th Leg., p. 2116, ch. 819, Sec. 1, eff. June 13, 1979; Acts 1983, 68th Leg., p. 1343, ch. 278, Sec. 6, eff. Sept. 1, 1983.



Section  16.03.  Importation For Blending.

The holder of a winery permit may, for blending purposes only, import wines or grape brandy. The wine or grape brandy may be purchased only from the holders of nonresident seller's permits. The state tax on wines imported for blending purposes does not accrue until the wine has been used for blending purposes and the resultant product placed in containers for sale.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 416, ch. 194, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977. Amended by Acts 1979, 66th Leg., p. 2116, ch. 819, Sec. 1, eff. June 13, 1979.



Section  16.04.  Federal Permit Required.

A winery permit may be granted only on presentation of a winemaker's and blender's basic permit of the federal alcohol tax unit.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 416, ch. 194, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977. Amended by Acts 1979, 66th Leg., p. 2116, ch. 819, Sec. 1, eff. June 13, 1979.



Section   16.05.  Operating Agreements Between Permit Holders.

(a) The holder of a winery permit may engage in any activity authorized by that permit on the permitted premises of another winery permit holder under an agreement between the permit holders that is approved by the commission and that describes with specificity the nature, duration, and extent of the activities authorized by the agreement.

(b)  The commission shall adopt rules regulating the shared use of winery premises under this section to ensure administrative accountability of each permit holder and a strict separation between the businesses and operations of the permit holders.

Added by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 878, Sec. 4, eff. June 17, 2005.



Section 16.06.  Participation In Certain Off-premises Wine Evaluation Activities.

(a) For the purpose of participating in an organized wine tasting, wine evaluation, wine competition, or literary review, the holder of a winery permit may deliver wine produced and manufactured by the holder to locations that are not licensed under this code for the purpose of submitting the wine to an evaluation at an organized wine tasting competition attended primarily by unlicensed persons or by a wine reviewer whose reviews are published if:

(1)  no charge of any kind is made for the wine, delivery, or attendance at the event; and

(2)  the commission consents in writing to the delivery.

(b)  In connection with events authorized by Subsection (a) of this section, the holder of the winery permit may dispense wine to individuals attending the event and discuss with them the manufacture and characteristics of the wine.

Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 142, Sec. 1, eff. May 25, 1989.

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 87, Sec. 3.001, eff. September 1, 2009.



Section  16.07.  Wine Sampling.

(a) The holder of a winery permit may conduct wine samplings, including wine tastings, on the permitted premises. The holder of the permit may collect a fee for the wine sampling.

(b)  A sampling event authorized by this section may not be advertised except by on-site communication or by direct mail.

(c)  A person other than the holder of a permit or the holder's agent or employee may not dispense or participate in the dispensing of wine under this section.

(d)  A person authorized to dispense wine under this section:

(1)  may serve a person more than one sample; and

(2)  may not serve a sample to a minor or to an obviously intoxicated person.

(e)  A person who receives a sample may not remove the sample from the permitted premises.

(f)  For the purposes of this code and any other law of this state or a political subdivision of this state, the holder of a permit, during the sampling of wine under this section, is:

(1)  not the holder of a permit authorizing the sale of alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption; and

(2)  not considered to have received any revenue from the on-premises sale of alcoholic beverages.

Added by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 998, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.



Section  16.08.  Wine Festivals.

(a) At an event that is approved by the commission, organized to celebrate and promote the wine industry in this state, and held in whole or in part on the premises of the holder of a winery permit, the permit holder may:

(1)  sell wine to consumers for consumption on or off the holder's premises; and

(2)  dispense wine without charge for consumption on or off the holder's premises.

(b)  The holder of a winery permit may sell wine to the holder of a temporary permit issued under Chapter 27, 30, or 33 for an event that is approved by the commission and organized to celebrate and promote the wine industry in this state.

(c)  Repealed by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 878, Sec. 10(1), eff. June 17, 2005.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1001, Sec. 2.02, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 878, Sec. 10(1), eff. June 17, 2005.



Section 16.09.  Direct Shipment To Consumers.

(a) The holder of a winery permit may ship wine to the ultimate consumer, including ultimate consumers located in dry areas.  Delivery must be by the holder of a carrier permit.

(b)  All wine shipped to an ultimate consumer by the holder of a winery permit must be in a package that is clearly and conspicuously labeled showing that:

(1)  the package contains wine; and

(2)  the package may be delivered only to a person described in Subsection (c).

(c)  Wine shipped by the holder of a winery permit may not be delivered to any person other than:

(1)  the person who purchased the wine;

(2)  a recipient designated in advance by such purchaser; or

(3)  a person at the delivery address who is age 21 or over.

(d)  Wine may be delivered only to a person who is age 21 or over after the person accepting the package:

(1)  presents valid proof of identity and age; and

(2)  personally signs a receipt acknowledging delivery of the package.

(e)  The holder of a winery permit may not:

(1)  sell or ship wine to a minor;

(2)  deliver wine to a consumer using a carrier that does not hold a carrier's permit under this code; or

(3)  deliver to the same consumer in this state more than nine gallons of wine within any calendar month or more than 36 gallons of wine within any 12-month period.

Added by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 36, Sec. 1, eff. May 9, 2005.

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 346, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.


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