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Inside Wine Law

March 3, 2018


Cook Law

Introduction to Oregon Wine Law


Oregon now has an international reputation for its wine that continues to grow yearly. In 2015, there were over 700 wineries in Oregon compared to 400 in 2007.[1] With this expansive growth in the Oregon wine industry, the law involved continues to evolve.


There are many kinds of legal issues that arise when owning and operating a winery, as with many businesses. However, there are certain laws that are particularly relevant to day-to-day winery operations. For example, the laws governing the permits required in order to provide tastings. For wineries that want to obtain an OLCC liquor license and offer tastings, food service is not a requirement at this time. But if you want to allow on-site consumption of alcohol while also permitting entry of people age 20 and under, you must describe how drinking will not be the predominant activity in the areas and times that minors will be allowed entry. Therefore, one way to do this is by offering food service in the areas and during the times you plan to allow minors entry.[2]  


The number one goal at Cook Law is to achieve what is in the client's best interest. Teaching clients how to recognize legal traps for the unwary is a natural part of this process. Cook Law strives to make understanding and following the law as easy as possible. And, the firm operates under the principle “Keep it simple,” because so many tend to make everything overly complex. Part of the aim of this blog site is to cover and comment on local news, informative pieces, and changes in the law and industry that are relevant. Feel free to contact Cook Law at (503) 206- 8934 with your questions or concerns.




[1] 2015 Oregon Vineyard and Winery Census, August 2016, Southern Oregon University


[2] OLCC Liquor Licensing


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