Massachusetts Home Wine Making Laws

State Law: Legal Amounts of Homemade Wine

Massachusetts 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

Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission
239 Causeway Street
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617.727.3040
Fax: 617.727.1258

Statute Title and Description

Massachusetts General Law Part 1, Title XX, Chapter 138

Section 1: Definitions

“Alcohol”, all alcohol other than denatured alcohol or alcohol described in section three hundred and three A of chapter ninety-four.

“Alcoholic beverages”, any liquid intended for human consumption as a beverage and containing one half of one per cent or more of alcohol by volume at sixty degrees Fahrenheit.

Section 3: Manufacture and Storage of Alcoholic Beverages for Private Use

This chapter shall not apply to the manufacture or storage of alcoholic beverages by a person for his own private use or to sales of cider at wholesale by the original makers thereof, or to sales of cider by farmers, not to be drunk on the premises, in quantities not exceeding in the aggregate the product of apples raised by them in the season of, or next preceding, such sales, or to sales of cider in any quantity by such farmers not to be drunk on the premises if such cider does not contain more than three per cent of alcohol by weight at sixty degrees Fahrenheit….


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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