Colorado Home Wine Making Laws

State Law: Legal Amounts of Homemade Wine

Colorado 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

Department of Revenue
Liquor Enforcement Division
1881 Pierce St., Ste 108A
Lakewood, CO 80214
Phone: 303.205.2300
Fax: 303.205.2341

Statute Title & Description

Title 12 Colorado Liquor Code
Article 47 Part 1 General Provisions Section 103

“Alcohol beverage” means fermented malt beverage or malt, vinous, or spirituous liquors; except that “alcohol beverage” shall not include confectionery containing alcohol within the limits prescribed by section 25-5-410 (1) (i) (II), C.R.S.

“Person” means a natural person, partnership, association, company, corporation, or organization or a manager, agent, servant, officer, or employee thereof.

“Vinous liquors” means wine and fortified wines that contain not less than one-half of one percent and not more than twenty-one percent alcohol by volume and shall be construed to mean an alcohol beverage obtained by the fermentation of the natural sugar contents of fruits or other agricultural products containing sugar.

Article 47 Chapter 1 General Provisions Section 106 Exemptions

The provisions of this article shall not apply to the sale or distribution of sacramental wines sold and used for religious purposes.

Any provision of this article or article 46 of this title to the contrary notwithstanding, when permitted by federal law and rules and regulations promulgated pursuant thereto, a head of a family may produce for family use and not for sale such amount of fermented malt beverage or malt or vinous liquor as is exempt from the federal excise tax on such alcohol beverage when produced by a head of a family for family use and not for sale.

The production of fermented malt beverages or malt or vinous liquors under the circumstances set forth in this subsection (2) shall be in strict conformity with federal law and rules and regulations issued pursuant thereto.

Fermented malt beverages or malt or vinous liquors produced pursuant to the provisions of this subsection (2) shall be exempt from any tax imposed by this article, and the producer shall not be required to obtain any license provided by this article or article 46 of this title.



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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