DeSantis Makes Headlines After New Wine Bottle Law

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Florida’s wine container capacity limit has reportedly been eliminated with the signing of a new bill by Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday.

DeSantis officially signed the bill during a ceremony held at a wine shop in Fort Lauderdale.

According to DeSantis, the passing of HB 583 is a necessary step towards modernizing an outdated law that has proven to be detrimental to both businesses and consumers.

In accordance with Florida law, the sale of wine in bottles larger than one gallon (approximately three liters) is prohibited, unless it is offered in a reusable container of 5.16 gallons (20 liters).

“A bottle like this was not able to be sold in a store like this in the state of Florida. Now you can go all the way up to 15 liters in the state of Florida, which is almost 4 gallons.” DeSantis said.

Wine distributors and manufacturers have the freedom to sell their products to other industry players in containers of any size.

Starting July 1, a new law will permit the sale of wine in various sizes of glass bottles, including 4.5, 6, 9, 12, and 15 liters.

The bill for this year, led by Rep. Chip LaMarca, R-Lighthouse Point, received unanimous approval from the House.

The Senate overwhelmingly approved it, with only one dissenting vote from Sen. Clay Yarborough, R-Jacksonville.

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