Tennessee Home Wine Making Laws

State Law: Legal Amounts of Homemade Wine

Tennessee laws regarding homemade wine are pursuant to the federal law which states the following:

The aggregate amount of wine exempt from tax under this subsection with respect to any household shall not exceed – (1) 200 gallons per calendar year if there are 2 or more adults in such household, or (2) 100 gallons per calendar year if there is only 1 adult in such household.

State Alcoholic Beverages Control Agency

Tennessee Alcohol Beverage Commission
226 Capitol Boulevard Building
Nashville, TN 37243
Phone: 615.741.1602
Email: Frank.Bolyard@tn.gov

Statute Title & Description

Title 39  Criminal Offenses
Chapter 17  Offenses Against Public Health, Safety and Welfare
Part 7  Intoxicating Liquors Section 08 Home manufacture of wine or beer excepted.

Notwithstanding the provisions of this part, a private individual in the person’s own home may manufacture and possess wine or beer in an amount not in excess of that amount annually permitted as of January 1, 1997, by federal statutes and regulations relative to household manufacture and consumption; provided, that the wine or beer is for personal consumption by members and guests of the household. Such wine or beer may also be transported by the person, member or guest without being in violation of this part; provided, that the amount being transported at any one (1) time shall not exceed five (5) gallons.

It shall be inferred that transportation of more than five (5) gallons is for the purpose of resale or redistribution.

For purposes of this section, “beer” means the undistilled and unfortified product, of any name or description, of the normal alcoholic fermentation of malt or other ingredients except grapes.


NOTE: The information presented here is not a substitute for legal advice.  For detailed information regarding the laws of your state please contact the state’s governing agency and/or a lawyer licensed to practice in your state.

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