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Buying Wine - Wine Tax Guide

Wines that are stored in a bonded warehouse are done so without having had Duty or VAT tax paid on them yet. To store your wine without paying this wine tax you are required to store them in a bonded warehouse approved by HM Revenues and Customs (HMRC).

Once you have your wine delivered to a private residence or another wine storage facility that isn’t a registered bonded warehouse, then you will have to pay the below wine tax on each bottle.

The following wine tax rates are correct as of March 2016. We welcome any changes to the list via our Contact Us form.

Rates per 75cl bottle of alcohol (exc. 20% VAT, which is applied after duty)

Wine and made-wine:
Exceeding 5.5% – not exceeding 15% abv
£2.08 per 75cL
Sparkling wine and made-wine:
Exceeding 5.5% – not exceeding 8.5% abv
£2.02 per 75cL
Sparkling wine and made-wine:
Exceeding 8.5% – not exceeding 15% abv
£2.67 per 75cL

Note: Figures are approximate due to rounding up. Rates are subject to change by the government at any time.

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