Wine taxes are highest in Kentucky at $3.56 per gallon. Rounding out the top five are Alaska ($2.50), Florida ($2.25), Iowa ($1.75), and Alaska and New Mexico tied at $1.70. The lowest-taxed states are Louisiana ($0.11), California ($0.20), Texas ($0.20), Wisconsin ($0.25), and Kansas and New York (tied at $0.31). Note that this doesn’t include the states where government controls all sales (these can still be subject to ad valorem mark-up and excise taxes). Check out the wine tax map below to see where your state falls.
A few states saw changes in rates since the last time we published data (See the 2013 edition of our Facts & Figures booklet for last year’s data.) Kentucky’s tax increased by forty cents, while North Carolina’s was 21 cents higher. Minnesota’s tax decreased slightly (-2 cents).