Code of the District of Columbia

This section will be modified by the following acts when they become effective:

§ 25–124. Wine pub permit requirements and qualifications.

(a) A wine pub permit shall authorize the licensee to manufacture wine at one location from grapes or fruit transported from an area that produces wine to the licensed restaurant, tavern, multipurpose facility, hotel, or nightclub for on-premises consumption and for sale to licensed wholesalers for the purpose of resale to other licensees.

(b) A wine pub permit shall be issued only to the licensee under an on-premises restaurant, tavern, multipurpose facility, hotel, or nightclub license, class C or D, in conjunction with the issuance of an on-premises restaurant, tavern, multipurpose facility, hotel, or nightclub license, class C or D.

(c) The location used to manufacture wine shall be on or immediately adjacent to the restaurant, tavern, multipurpose facility, hotel, or nightclub licensed to the wine pub owner in accordance with subsection (b) of this section.

(d) If a licensee has submitted a completed application for or received a wine pub permit on or after February 7, 2018, the establishment shall only be permitted to sell wine to patrons in sealed bottles or other closed containers for off-premises consumption if the wine is:

(1) Manufactured at the wine pub permit holder's licensed location;

(2) Manufactured by the holder of the wine pub permit or an entity, regardless of jurisdiction, with a shared ownership interest of 5% or more in the location where the wine pub permit is located; or

(3) Manufactured by the holder of the wine pub permit as a part of a collaboration with another wine manufacturer, regardless of jurisdiction.

(d-1)(1) If a licensee possesses or has submitted a completed application for a wine pub permit before February 7, 2018, the establishment may sell wine to patrons in sealed bottles or other closed containers for off-premises consumption if the licensee:

(A) Maintains an Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau permit on the licensed premises and provides it to any ABRA Investigator upon request during business hours;

(B) Possesses operational wine manufacturing equipment on the licensed premises; and

(C) Produces or makes reasonable efforts, as determined by the Board, to produce at least one type of wine on the licensed premises per calendar year.

(2) A licensee under this subsection shall, on or before January 15th of each calendar year, furnish to the Board on a form to be prescribed by the Board a statement under oath listing the type of wine the licensee produced or made reasonable efforts to produce on the licensed premises and the name and title of the vintner, or other person, who produced or made reasonable efforts to produce the wine.

(3) In accordance with § 25-823, the Board may fine, as set forth in the schedule of civil penalties established under § 25-830, and revoke or suspend a wine pub permit if the holder of a wine pub permit fails to comply with the terms of this subsection.

(4) A wine pub permit issued pursuant to this subsection shall expire upon the revocation, cancellation, or transfer of the license.

(e) The minimum annual fee of the wine pub permit shall be $5,000.

(f) A wine pub permit shall be cancelled or revoked if:

(1) The restaurant, tavern, multipurpose facility, hotel, or nightclub ceases to be operated as a restaurant, tavern, multipurpose facility, hotel, or nightclub; or

(2) The licensee’s on-premises retailer’s license, class C or D, is revoked or cancelled.

(g) A wine pub permit shall be automatically suspended whenever and for the same period that the licensee’s retailer’s license, class C or D, is suspended.

(h) A licensee holding wine pub permits at separate locations in the District shall be permitted to transport wine for sale and consumption manufactured at one wine pub facility to another wine pub facility owned by the licensee.


(May 1, 2013, D.C. Law 19-310, § 2(g), 60 DCR 3410; Oct. 30, 2018, D.C. Law 22-165, § 2(a)(9), 65 DCR 9366.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) addition of this section, see § 2(g) of the Omnibus Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2013 (D.C. Act 20-52, April 22, 2013, 60 DCR 6372, 20 DCSTAT 1388).