Virginia Winery Distribution Company

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About the company

The Virginia Winery Distribution Company (VWDC) was established in 2007 by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS). A non-profit, non-stock corporation, the VWDC allows wineries across the commonwealth to distribute and personally deliver their wines to local retailers. The VWDC board is composed of two representatives nominated by the Virginia wine wholesale industry and the VDACS Commissioner.

In 1980, the General Assembly of Virginia exempted farm wineries from the three-tier system that had been in effect since the end of prohibition. However, that all came to an end on July 1, 2006 when a U.S. district court invalidated these distribution laws and farm wineries were again required to use the three-tier system. For many farm wineries, the financial impact was threatening. They were either too small for a wholesale distributor or the costs were too high. In 2007, the VWDC was created out of a need to bring wholesale distribution back to farm wineries. Today, more than 200 farm wineries in the commonwealth use VWDC to distribute as many as 3,000 cases a year of their own wine to stores and restaurants throughout the state.