Winery Compliance Overview
We are committed to ensuring that all of the sales that take place on Vinebase are conducted in full compliance with prevailing legislation.
Each winery is responsible for being compliant with every step in a sale, similar to if you made a sale in a tasting room or if you were selling direct-to-consumer (DTC) from your own website. Our approach to different compliance topics is summarized below. Please contact us at [email protected] with any questions.
- Compliant Shipping: it remains the responsibility of each winery on Vinebase to acquire, maintain and renew any licenses required to conduct DTC sales, by state. Wineries also remain responsible for enforcing the terms of licenses (e.g. shipping volume limits). Before we onboard new wineries, we explicitly ask them to confirm which states they would like to conduct sales into. We only facilitate sales into these states.
- Marketplace Facilitator: in most of the key states in which we (will) operate, we qualify as a marketplace facilitator. Marketplace facilitators, once they reach a sufficient threshold, are required to remit sales tax on behalf of their marketplace sellers (wineries). For details on our approach to calculating, collecting and remitting sales tax please click here.
- Excise Tax: it remains the responsibility of each winery to pay any applicable federal, state or local excise taxes on sales occurring through Vinebase.
- Payment Processing: when a customer purchases wine on Vinebase, the winery receives the amounts they are entitled to, less a charge for the Stripe payment processing fees (3.15% + $0.25 per order) and the Vinebase commission fees. For details on our approach to payment processing, please click here.
- Age Verification: We ask all users to confirm that they are at least 21 years of age before they can access Vinebase. We also ask customers to confirm their date of birth during checkout.
- Opt-In Marketing Emails: if a customer indicates they would like to receive marketing communications from a winery, then the winery will be notified and they will be allowed to add that customer to their marketing email communications. If the customer is added to the winery’s email communications, then all interactions between the winery and the customer are subject to the winery’s terms and Vinebase is not liable for any interactions between the winery and customer thereafter.
If you have additional questions, please reach out to [email protected]. Cheers!