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Winery Festival Permits

New Winery Festival Permit Created

During the 81st Legislative Session, SB711 created a new Winery Festival Permit (GF), allowing wineries to sell wine at a civic or wine festival, farmers' market, celebration or similar event. This permit is a subordinate permit issued to the holder of a Winery Permit (G). This is effective September 1, 2009.

Existing Winery Permit Holders

To apply, complete Form L-LRW, Location Packet for Reporting Changes for Wholesalers, Distributors and Manufacturers. This form may be downloaded from our Licensing forms page or obtained from your local TABC office. Complete page one up to and including section 'Add Subordinate' indicating that you are applying for a Winery Festival Permit (GF). Sign application on page 3 and have signature notarized by a notary public.

The fee is $100 and the surcharge is $236 for a total of $336 for a 2 year permit. A subordinate takes on the expiration date of its primary. The fees for a subordinate permit may not be prorated or refunded. The fee must be submitted in the form of a cashier’s check, money order or firm check from a corporate permittee made payable to the Comptroller of Public Accounts. We will not accept personal checks.

Any winery holding a Winery Festival Permit (GF) intending to sell wine at a civic or wine festival, farmers' market, celebration or similar event must complete a Winery Festival Certificate Request, Form L–GF. This form maybe downloaded from our Licensing forms or obtained from your local TABC office. You must submit your request to your local TABC office in order for your Winery Festival Certificate to be issued. The certificate must be posted in a conspicuous place at all times at the festival location.

The Winery Festival Certificate may not be used for more than five days within any 30-day period or more than three consecutive days at the same location. If the Winery Festival Certificate Request is in a dry area, the permit holder may sell or dispense wine only if the wine is: bottled in this state; and at least 75 percent by volume fermented juice of grapes or other fruit grown in this state or a lesser percentage established by the Commissioner of Agriculture under Section 12.039, Agriculture Code.

The provisions of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code, applicable to the sale of wine on the permitted premises of the holder of a winery permit apply to the sale of wine under chapter 17.01 – 17.05. The Winery Permit who holds a winery festival permit may be cancelled or suspended for a violation occurring in connection with activities conducted under the same chapters.

A Winery Festival Certificate can be issued at a festival that also has other temporary permits issued, with each designating their premise. (i.e., Booth 1, Booth 10)

New Winery Applicants

To apply for a Winery Permit, please visit your local district office and/or refer to our website for the following:

  • Application Guide for Wholesalers, Distributors and Manufacturers
  • Form L-W, Application for Wholesalers, Distributors, and Manufacturers Prequalification
  • Form L- LW, Location Packet for Wholesalers, Distributors and Manufacturers
  • Form L-B, Business Packet