The following is an update from Anne Zwink, Chair of the Legislative Committee for the Iowa Wine Grower’s Association (IWGA):
- Passed Alcoholic Beverage Omnibus Bill; SF 2374, 2022 session
- Huge revamp to the old licensing system, reducing number of retail license options from 14 to 8
- Wineries are now allowed to have a Class C Retail Alcohol License (LC), $715-1,625, depending on address of premise.
- Allows for sale of alcoholic liquor, wine, and beer for on- and off-premise consumption
- Allows for purchase of wine and beer from Class B or Class E licensees (grocery/convenience/liquor stores)
- Allows for purchase of spirits from Class E licensees (grocery/convenience/liquor stores)Special Class C for wineries (WC) to only sell wine and beer without liquor privileges expected to be reinstated from 2023 governmental session, $125/year
- Passed the 2nd location bill; HF 785, 2021 session
- Allows wineries to hold a 2nd Class C license
- Requires manufacturing at said 2nd location
- Passed To-Go Cocktails; HF 384, 2021 session
- Minor updates planned for 2023
- Upcoming: More flexible options for DOT tourist-oriented directional signage planned for 2023
For any questions, please contact the IWGA’s Legislative committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.