Massachushetts` direct wine shipping law off to robust start

Massachushetts’ new direct wine shipping law is off to a successful start with more than 100 out-of-state wineries taking out licenses and dozens more waiting on approvals, according to state officials.

The law, approved by the Legislature in July, took effect Jan. 1. It allows wineries from throughout the United States to sell and deliver up to 12 cases of wine per year to Bay State consumers — a transaction previously prohibited.

Massachusetts is the 39th state to ratify direct shipping.

“The response from wineries has been fantastic,” said Chandra J. Allard, communications director for the State Treasurer’s Office.

As of Wednesday, Allard said 110 wineries, mostly from California, Oregon and Washington state, had paid the $300 initial fee and received licenses to ship directly to Bay State consumers. Each year, they’ll pay a $150 renewal fee.