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