Wine Law

Our firm provides expert legal services for the alcoholic beverage, the hospitality industries and wineries on alcoholic beverage issues. We also assist wineries in dealing with complex legal structures associated with operating their business. These issues include winery sales and acquisitions; use permits; custom crush, alternating proprietorship agreements; vineyard sales, acquisitions and leases; vineyard management agreements; grape contracts and winemaker agreements; ABC and ATF (TTB) regulation; labeling; appellations of origin and AVA’s; e-commerce and direct shipping.

We have provided counsel to several wineries with formation issues and are experienced in the pros and cons of each business structure.

  • Contract negotiations
  • Trademark and intellectual property
  • Vineyard leases
  • Antitrust / competition laws
  • Employment issues
  • Grape purchase agreements
  • Vineyard leases
  • Wine labeling
  • Greenhouse gas regulations
  • Habitat conservation plan requirements
  • Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau compliance
  • Premises liability