It’s a good day for the wine lovers.
You can now officially buy wine and beer at the grocery store in Ontario.
Making it simple to shop for dinner in one stop, 67 grocery stores are now allowed to sell wine, while another 57 locations are selling beer and cider.
Eventually, beer and cider will be available in up to 450 grocery stores, with 300 of those also selling wine – both domestic and imported wine is available.
The grocers with newfound wine licenses range from independent stores to large chains.
The stores are required to have designated sales areas and standard hours of sale, follow limitations on package size and alcohol content, and abide to staffing and social responsibility training requirements.
Benefitting local wineries, a minimum of 10 or 20 shelf space must be designated for small producers.
Cheers to a win all around.