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Wine Wholesaler

A wine wholesaler license authorizes the licensee to acquire and receive deliveries and shipments of wine and to sell, deliver and ship wine to:

  • licensed retailers located inside and outside the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • religious congregations for sacramental purposes
  • owners of boats sailing to foreign or out-of-state ports of call.


Fees are based on the following classifications:

30,000 or less gallons—$240
30,001 to 150,000 gallons—$1,200
150,001 to 300,000 gallons—$1,845
Over 300,000 gallons—$2,400


COV 4.1-206.2(2)—Wholesale licenses
COV 4.1-231.1A(2)(b)—Fees on state licenses
COV 4.1-233.1A(2)(b)—Fees on local licenses

Apply for This License

Completing the application may take 1530 minutes. Average ABC processing time is 60–90 days.

To begin, view the list of industry required documents (PDF) needed to complete the application.
To apply online, click here. To apply via paper application (PDF), click here

The information on this page does not in any way replace or supersede what is listed in Title 4.1 of the Code of Virginia or Title 3 of the Administrative Code of Virginia. It is the responsibility of every individual or business applying for a license or permit to review, in detail, the applicable sections of the code.
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Virginia ABC offers free online training to help managers, sellers and servers to become more responsible and better understand ABC laws, rules and regulations. For more information, contact Community Health & Prevention, (804) 977-7440 or [email protected].

License Definitions
  • Wine Wholesaler