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Wine Industry Act 1994 – 5 September 2014

Wine Industry Regulation 2009 – 1 July 2016

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Before a person may lawfully sell wine, the person must be licensed under this Act or be authorised to sell wine under the Liquor Act 1992. A person may obtain a wine producer licence to sell wine under this Act if the business the person will conduct under the licence will involve: (a) selling wine made from fruit grown by the person on the premises to which the licence will relate; or (b) selling wine made by the person on the premises to which the licence will relate. A person may be able to obtain a wine merchant licence for a business that will otherwise contribute to the Queensland wine industry in a substantial way. To apply for a licence, an application must be made in the approved form to the government. For details of what a licence authorises, refer to sections 15 and 16 of the Act. For the definitions of ‘wine’ and ‘fruit’, refer to the Schedule 2 dictionary. For particulars that must be included in an application, refer to regulation 2 of the Wine Industry Regulation 2009.

  • Sections 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 36, 37, 41, 44, 45, 48, 50, 51, 53, Schedule 2; Regulations 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17

If a licensee sells wine in a sealed container, the licensee must ensure the container has a label stating the area where the fruit used to make the wine was grown; and the place the wine was made.

  • Section 17; Regulation 3

An application may be made to the government to transfer a licence. Note: If the current licensee is not the owner of the main premises, the owner of the premises must agree to the transfer.

  • Sections 21, 22, 23, 47

A licensee may apply to the government for a permit to sell the licensee’s wine at event/s which promote a particular winery or region. For the definition of ‘licensee’s wine’, refer to the Schedule 2 dictionary.

  • Sections 4, 32, 32A, 32B, Schedule 2

The holder of a wine merchant licence must not use the following terms to describe the licensed premises or the business the licensee conducts under the licence, including, for example, on any signs, advertising or promotional material: (a) vineyard; (b) winery; (c) cellar door; or (d) another term prescribed under a regulation. Note: Exceptions may apply.

  • Section 47
Reason for law

To enable the efficiency of the Queensland wine industry to be developed further. (Section 3)

Relevant links

Liquor licence types [Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation]

New licence applications

Licence changes or transfers

Satellite cellar door

Wine permit

Liquor guidelines

Liquor licence search





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