Tied House Rules

Published in Orchard and Vine Magazine on: April 8, 2013

For those of you in the wine industry, you may have experienced limitations in your ability to sell and distribute your wine due to the tied house rules. These rules are trade practice laws that most would agree are difficult, sometimes contradictory and often frustrating. They are designed to prohibit and restrict commercial interactions between liquor manufacturers and licensed establishments such as private liquor stores and licensed restaurants. The idea is to prevent domination of retailers by suppliers and prevent bribes and other unlawful inducements for the promotion of a supplier’s liquor over another.