A Message from TWGGA President Patrick Whitehead and TABC Regarding the Coronavirus
March 19, 2020
Governor Abbott has announced temporary statewide closures of all schools, restaurants, bars, and gyms, efffective beginning midnight on March 20 and continuing until April 3, unless extended further.
While the governor's announcement does not identify wineries specifically, it limits gatherings to fewer than 10 people and so the spirit of the order includes winery tasting rooms. TWGGA encourages its members to join in the effort to limit the spread of this terrible virus and close your tasting rooms to on-premise consumption until further notice from the governor.
Wineries may continue selling for carry-out.
Wineries with a TABC private carrier permit may deliver wine to consumers. Wineries may also use a common carrier that holds a TABC carrier permit to make deliveries.
To be clear, just as the governor is not requiring restaurants to shut down completely, TWGGA is not suggesting at this time that its memebers cease production activities or vineyard operations. TWGGA is only encouraging members to close the tasting rooms for on-premise consumption.