The wine merchant licence was introduced to licence businesses that contribute to the Queensland wine industry in a substantial way, without the operator necessarily having a vineyard or winery of their own.
A person's business will contribute, or does contribute to the Queensland wine industry in a substantial way if the person:
- buys fruit grown in the state and makes it into wine in the state (other than at the person's licensed premises) or has the wine made under the person's direction on the premises of another wine maker in the state
- grows fruit in the state that will later be used to make wine but until that time buys fruit to make wine
- blends different wines to create a unique wine in the state.
A person's business will not contribute, or does not contribute, to the Queensland wine industry in a substantial way merely if the person:
- buys bulk wine from outside the state and bottles it in the state
- sells only wine made and bottled by other persons.
Under the authority of a wine merchant licence, wine may be sold to patrons:
- for tasting on the premises as a sample
- for consumption off the licensed premises (takeaway)
- with approval, for consumption on the premises other than as a sample.
The standard trading hours for a wine merchant licence are 8am to midnight, Monday to Sunday.
A licensee can apply for extended trading hours on Christmas Day, Good Friday and Anzac Day. For more information read Guideline 20: Wine licence trading hours on special days.