It’s time to start stocking up on wine.
The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board on Tuesday approved its first five direct wine shipper licenses under the new state liquor law, more commonly known as Act 39.
The board added 11 additional licensees as of 2:45 p.m. today, including Armstrong Valley Vineyard & Winery in northern Dauphin County.
Among the first five licenses was Thorn Hill Vineyards Inc., a California winery with ownership based in Lancaster County, as well as a tasting room.
Under the new law, Pennsylvania residents can order up to 36 cases per year from every wine producer licensed by the commonwealth and have the wine shipped to their home. That’s three times the previous limit of nine liters per month, or about one case.
Under the old law, only limited wineries were allowed to ship directly and other wine deliveries had to be sent to state stores for customer pick-up. The new law also eliminated the restriction that only wines not offered for sale by the PLCB could be direct shipped.
The 16 approvals — a list expected to grow regularly — were awarded to the following businesses:
- Sand Castle Winery Inc. in Erwinna
- Grace Winery LLC in Glen Mills
- Blue Mountain Vineyards & Cellars Ltd. in New Tripoli
- Clover Hill Enterprises Inc. in Breinigsville
- Thorn Hill Vineyards Inc. in Lower Lake, Calif.
- St. Julian Wine Co. Inc. in Paw Paw, Mich.
- L18 Wines LLC in Napa, Calif.
- R Wine Cellar LLC in Pittsburgh
- The Courtyard Wineries LLC in North East
- KingView Mead LLC in Pittsburgh
- Armstrong Valley Vineyard & Winery in Halifax
- Bee Kind Winery LLC in Clearfield
- Flickerwood Wine Cellars Inc. in Kane
- King Ferry Winery in King Ferry, N.Y.
- The Renegade Winery LLC in East Stroudsburg
- Ungrapeful Winery LLC in Blairsville