NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – After a several year wait, shoppers are officially able to buy wine in grocery stores.

Workers have been filling shelves with varieties of wine all month.

Stores are stocked, thanks to the bill the legislature passed this session to allow them to stock up ahead of the July 1 selling date. Shoppers were able to start getting wine at 8 a.m.

The Kroger in Green Hills sold their first bottle of wine when the clock struck 8 a.m.

“I got, let me pull it out, Sterling Vineyards Merlot,” said the store’s first wine customer, Richard Swor.

Some customers were surprised by what they saw on the aisles.

“Honestly I thought coming in when they said there was going to be wine in the grocery store, I was like, oh they might have 10 $5 bottles or something and there’s a fine wine section,” said Swor.

“I was probably expecting more of the lower end, boxed wines and jug wines,” said Andy Clough.

You’ll see the expensive, the cheap, the boxed and the bubbly.

And if you need any help, the department has its own wine consultant.

Some customers were lukewarm on the prices compared to what they’re used to at the liquor store.

“But it’s convenient. So if we’re out of a bottle and we are grocery shopping we can pop in and get it,” said Patrick and Rosanne Slay. “You’re on your way home from work and you’re picking something up and you’re out so it’s here.”

Here are the new guidelines shoppers need to know:

  • You can’t purchase wine in grocery stores on Sundays and customers will not be able to purchase wine in grocery stores on select holidays, including July 4.
  • Wine purchases can only be made Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Beer will still be available for purchase on Sundays at grocery store.

The Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission worked overtime to prepare for the sale of wine in grocery stores.

The state Alcoholic Beverage Commission said some stores did not turn in their paperwork on time, while others didn’t meet the necessary requirements.