Amazon.com is launching a new marketplace today called Amazon Wine.
The site offers over 1,000 varieties of wine produced from domestic wineries across the country. Prices range from under $15 per bottle to over $100 for premium wines.
Customers can narrow their search options with filters for grape variety, taste notes (provided by the winery), professional rating, alcohol percentage, brand, and more. Much like other Amazon products, site users will be able to create ratings and customer reviews.
Wineries of all sizes are participating in the launch. Amazon says winemakers provide their own recommended food pairings and links to recipes to aid customers in the selection process.
At launch, shipping is offered to the following states, with more expected soon: California, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming and the District of Columbia.
Shipments come directly from the winery and considering the delicate nature of the alcohol, weather conditions must be optimal (between 45 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit) for deliveries to take place. The website notes that shipments can be delayed, rejected, or cancelled if outside temperatures could damage the wine.
Shipping rates are $9.99 for as many as six bottles of wine. P.O. boxes and Amazon Lockers are not eligible for Amazon Wine purchases. Customers must be at least 21 years of age to purchase wine and need to show proof of ID— an adult signature is required for delivery. More details on shipping can be found at: www.amazon.com/wineshipping.
Amazon Wine launches today at: www.amazon.com/wine