Assembly Bill 239 goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2022, allowing California wineries to refill wine bottles at off-site tasting rooms, much like the brewing industry has done with reusable growlers.
The AB 239 law, written by Assemblymen Carlos Villapudua (D-Stockton) and Robert Rivas (D-Hollister), amends section 23390 of the Business and Profession Code relating to alcoholic beverages. It aims to reduce consumer waste by allowing customers to refill wine in glass, metal or ceramic containers at duplicate license locations. AB 239 was supported by the California Association of Winegrape Growers, Wine Institute, and wine-growing regions throughout the state.
In addition to AB 239, several other bills were signed relating to the wine industry. SB 19 allows winery’s to open two off-site tasting rooms, and AB 1267 allows wineries and alcohol beverage producers to donate part of a customer’s purchase to charity or nonprofits.
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