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Industry Resources: Beer, Wine and Cider

Virginia ABC regulates the sale and movement of beer, wine and cider products into and within Virginia, including the approval of product labels and franchise arrangements. The agency also collects excise taxes on these products and submits reports to the appropriate public entities.

Franchise Designation Update

The Franchise Designation form (PDF) has been improved! Please note that the prior Attachment A & B forms are no longer accepted. The updated Franchise Designation form is required for new and updated franchise agreements.
Farm winery in Virginia

Farm Wineries

Virginia ABC has created a page that clarifies certain issues for the farm winery industry following the 2006 federal court ruling on Virginia farm winery laws. Read more. Submit a Farm Winery Request for Remote License form.
Virginia Distillery

Food Safety Inspections

Attention new wineries, breweries and distilleries: Virginia food law mandates a food safety inspection before opening for business. Read more.

Online Searches and Forms

 
 

FRANCHISE

Assign a wholesaler to sell your products to a Virginia retail store.

Brand Owner’s Written Authorization to Importer (PDF)
Franchise Approval* (PDF) (online)
Négociant Certification, French (PDF)
Négociant Certification, German (PDF)
Request for Franchise Termination: ProductApproval@abc.virginia.gov

ONLINE SEARCHES

Search for a brand of beer or wine. Find out who distributes it.
Active Brand Names (online)
Active Brand Names by Origin (online)
All Beer and Wine Web Reports (online)
Brands Carried by Supplier* (online)
Franchise Brands by Distributor (online)
Franchise Brands by Distributor Detail (online)
Franchise Brands by Supplier Detail (online)
Franchise Designation* (online)
Label Approval Codes (online)
Suppliers, importers and retailers (online)
 

PRODUCT LABEL APPROVAL

Get approval for a new or revised product label.

Beer & Wine Registration Requirements (PDF)
Franchise Designation Form (PDF)
Online Product Registration User Guide (PDF)
Product Label Approval Online* (online)

 

TAXES, MALT BEVERAGE

Pay excise taxes for malt beverages (wholesalers).

Calculator for Malt Beverage Tax Rates (online)
Common Carrier's Report (PDF)
Malt Beverage Tax Rates (online)
Malt Beverage Wholesaler's Tax Report (805-70) (Excel) (PDF)
Malt Beverages Shipped into Virginia by Nonresident Breweries (805-71) (PDF)
Web Tax* (online)
Web Tax Verify* (online)

 

TAXES, WINE AND CIDER

Pay excise taxes for wine and cider (wholesalers).

Common Carrier's Report (PDF)
Distributor's Wine Invoice (703-35) (Excel) (PDF)
Farm Winery Monthly Report (703-40A) (Excel) (PDF)
Purchase Order (703-34) (Excel) (PDF)
Retail Off Premise Summary Report (Excel) (PDF)
Wholesaler's Summary of Wine Sales Taxes (703-40) (Excel) (PDF)

 
* See Beer, Wine and Cider FAQs for additional information.
 
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Tax Management

TaxExaminer@abc.virginia.gov
Phone: (804) 219-2039
Fax: (804) 213-4563

Product Approval
ProductApproval@abc.virginia.gov
Phone: (804) 298-3755
Fax: (804) 213-4563

Location and mailing address

Compliance Unit

Special agents in Virginia ABC's Compliance Unit offer leadership and guidance and serve as a reliable resource for the alcoholic beverage industry. Contact your compliance agent.

Bringing Personal Alcohol Into Virginia?

Moving into Virginia from out of the country or from another U.S. state? Returning to Virginia from vacation? Learn more about bringing personal alcohol into the Commonwealth.