Online Vinous and Malt Tasting Permit Application

Please read the application requirements and permit restrictions below to determine whether a wine or malt tasting permit is right for your business before selecting the link to the online application below.

Application Fee:

Application fee of $25.00 will be made to the Department of Liquor and Lottery, Liquor Division by following the link provided below.

Permit Restrictions:

Application to be filed with the Department of Liquor Control at least 5 days prior to the date of the tasting event.

SECOND CLASS LICENSEE: this permit authorizes employees of the permit holder to dispense vinous or malt beverages to retail customers of legal age on the licensee’s premises. Vinous or malt beverages for the tasting shall be from the inventory of the licensee.

A second class licensee may conduct no more than (48) tasting events in a year.

LICENSED MANUFACTURER OR RECTIFIER OF VINOUS OR MALT BEVERAGES: this permit authorizes the permit holder to dispense vinous or malt beverages produced by the manufacturer or rectifier to retail customers of legal age of consumption on the premises of a second class licensee.

A manufacturer or rectifier of vinous or malt beverages may conduct no more than (48) tasting events a year on the premises of a second class licensee.

A tasting event held, not to include tasting events conducted on the premises of a manufacturer or rectifier or on the premises of a fourth class licensee or a promotional tasting: (1) may continue for no more
than six hours in duration, with no more than six beverages to be offered at a single event, and no more than
two ounces of any single vinous or malt beverage and no more than a total of eight ounces of various vinous or malt beverages to be dispensed to a customer. No more than eight customers may be served at one time. (2) shall be conducted totally within a designated area that extends no further than 10 feet from the point of service, and that is marked by a clearly visible sign that states that no one under the age 21 may participate in the tasting.

The permit holder shall keep an accurate accounting of the beverages consumed at a tasting event and shall be responsible for complying with all applicable laws under Title 7.

No individual who is under the age of 18 or who has not received training as required by the Department of Liquor and Lottery, Liquor Division may serve alcoholic beverages at a tasting event.

The holder of a permit issued under Section 67 that provides alcoholic beverages to an underage individual or permits an individual under the age of 18 to serve alcoholic beverages at a wine tasting event under Section 67
shall be fined not less than $500.00 nor more than $2,000.00 or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.
 
Promotional Wine or Malt Tastings:

A holder of a wholesale dealer’s license may dispense vinous or malt beverages for promotional purposes at the wholesale dealer’s premises without charge to invited employees of first, second, and third class licensees, provided the invited employees are of legal drinking age, and the wholesale dealer obtains a wine or malt tasting permit.

At the request of a first class or second-class licensee, a holder of a manufacturer’s, rectifier’s, or wholesale dealer’s license may distribute without charge to the first or second class licensee’s management and staff, provided they are of legal drinking age, two ounces per person of vinous or malt beverages for the purpose of promoting the beverage. No permit is required but written notice of the event shall be provided to the Department of Liquor and Lottery, Liquor Division Licensing Office at least five (5) days prior to the date of the tasting.  Do not complete this permit application in this situation.

Contact Information

To learn more about Vermont’s Wine and Malt Tasting laws, please call or email the Department of Liquor and Lottery, Liquor Division Licensing Office at 802-828-2339.

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Patrick T. Delaney, Commissioner
13 Green Mountain Drive
Montpelier VT 05602
802-828-2345

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