The Americans With Disability Act Of 1990 Poses Legal Challenge For Winery Websites Today

May 13, 2019

(Forbes) - You might ask: what does the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) have to do with selling wine? 

Plenty, is the answer from Barbara Snider, at Hinman & Carmichael, LLP

According to Snider, “ There is an on-going ADA regulations battle being waged against commercial websites ; including those operated by wineries and other alcoholic beverage industry members.” 

Many small companies have been targeted by ADA compliance lawsuits lately, but Snider says, “Wineries and alcoholic beverage industry members are the new targets...” and it's happening online.




According to, 26 New York wineries are presently being sued for not being compatible with screen-reading software. Last year, more than 1,000 ADA lawsuits had been filed in New York.

It’s one thing to make the winery visitor center and tasting room ADA-compliant, but how do you make a winery website ADA compliant?

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