Virginia ABC > Licenses > VAL System > Definitions > Winery

A winery license authorizes the licensee to manufacture, sell and deliver or ship wine in closed containers to licensed wholesalers for resale and to persons outside the Commonwealth for resale outside the Commonwealth. In addition, such license authorizes the licensee to:

  • operate distilling equipment on the licensed premises to manufacture spirits from fruit or fruit juices for the fortification of wine produced by the licensee
  • operate a contract winemaking facility on the licensed premises
  • store wine in bonded warehouses on or off the licensed premises with an approved permit
  • sell wine at retail at the licensed business for on-premises consumption or in closed containers for off-premises consumption.
NOTE: Additional license required for shipping.


Fees are based on the following classifications:

5,000 or less gallons—$215
Over 5,000 gallons—$4,210


COV 4.1-206.1(5)—Manufacturer licenses
COV 4.1-231.1A(1)(c)—Fees on state licenses
COV 4.1-233.1A(1)(c)—Fees on local licenses

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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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Special agents are the primary resource for questions related to operating a business with an ABC license. Contact a special agent via your regional ABC office. For step-by-step assistance in banquet licensing, see our Licensing Wizard.


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].

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