Information for Wineries

Please see the information below regarding the Reusable Bag Ordinance that clarifies the Ordinance requirements as they relate to Alameda County wineries.

Retail Shops  

A winery is considered a 'retail store' when:  

  • Winemakers sell their wine and/or merchandise (clothing, stemware, houseware, packaged food such as jam, honey, bread, olive oil, etc.) for offsite consumption (License Codes 20, 21 or 85).

Under the bag law, these 'retail stores':​

  • Must charge minimum 10 cents for a compliant paper or reusable plastic bag and itemize charge on customer receipt. Applies when a winery sells bottles of wine and/or merchandise.

Eating Establishments

A winery is considered an 'eating establishment' when:    

  • The winery has an on-site eating establishment such as a café, restaurant or food truck.   

Under the bag law, these 'eating establishments':​       

  • Charge nothing for compliant paper bag, and must charge minimum 10 cents for reusable plastic bag and itemize the charge on the receipt.   Applies when the winery’s eating establishment has a separate register and patrons need a bag for on-site prepared “food to go” or leftover food items.

Simplest solution for wineries with eating establishments:

  • Choose compliant paper bags to avoid charging customers for bags.   


Additional Information:

  • A protective paper sleeve may be put on any glass bottle to prevent damage when placed in a larger bag with other bottles or merchandise.
  • Wineries may also distribute wines to customers in boxes (no charge to customer).
  • Customers can always bring their own bag or choose not to take a bag for any type of purchase.