The privileges, duties and responsibilities for the manufacture, sale or distribution of wine in West Virginia are detailed in Legislative Rule CSR Series 4 and authorized by West Virginia Code §60-8.
Wine, as defined by West Virginia statutes, means any alcoholic beverage obtained by the natural fermentation of the natural content of grapes, other fruits or honey or other agricultural products containing sugar and to which no alcohol has been added and shall include table wine, and shall exclude fortified wine and shall also exclude any product defined as or embraced within the definition of non-intoxicating beer under the provisions of article sixteen, chapter eleven of this code. Wine includes wine coolers and similar beverages containing not less than one-half of one percent nor more than seven percent alcohol by volume.
Fortified wine, as defined by West Virginia statutes, means any wine to which brandy or other alcohol has been added and shall include dessert wines that are not fortified having an alcohol content by volume of at least fourteen and one-tenths percent and not exceeding sixteen percent.
West Virginia utilizes the three-tier system of supply for the distribution of wine: supplier to distributor to retailer.
Authorized Wine Licenses:
Farm Winery (Resident)
Wine Specialty Shop
Private Wine Bed & Breakfast
Private Wine Spa
Private Wine Restaurant
Private Wine Restaurant or Private Club – Off Premise add-on
Wine Charitable Events
Wine Fairs, Festivals & Special Events
Wine Heritage Fairs & Festival Events