Winery Rules


Dry Counties

  • A winery holding a N.C. ABC winery permit may do the following:
    - Build a winery and produce wine
    - Hold tastings
    - Sell wine in closed containers for consumption on or off premises (depending on permit)
    - Sell wine by the glass regardless of eating establishment status.
  • A winery in a dry or wet county in North Carolina may ship wine to an individual of legal drinking age in a dry county for personal (not commercial) use.
  • A winery may hold up to three additional tasting and sales outlets separate at locations other than the winery, but these must be located in towns/counties where wine sales are permitted.

Winery Tastings

Tastings are regulated by ABC Rules T04:02S.0900. Tastings are legal when the retail permittee holds the appropriate on-premises unfortified winery permit; a special event permit may also be required if off the premises. The limited winery permit is not needed.

There is no tasting size restriction, but we recommend less than 1 oz. per taste to reduce liability. Additional rules govern tastings held by industry members for non-permittees and tastings held by industry members for retailers: samples.

Winery Retail Outlets

Primary retail outlet must be on the winery complex but not necessarily attached to the winery building. The winery complex must be engaged in some aspect of the wine manufacturing process (i.e. fermenting, aging, bottling, or labeling). This may be in a dry or wet county.

A winery may now hold up to three additional tasting and sale outlets separate from the winery, but these must be located in towns/counties where wine sales are permitted.

Winery Private Labeling

A company wishing to sell wine that has been privately labeled must hold permits allowing retail wine sales. This is not possible in a dry county unless the company holds a winery or wine producer permit from ABC.

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