Minnesota Home Wine Making Laws

State Law: Legal Amounts of Homemade Wine

Minnesota 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 Public Safety
Liquor Control Division
445 Minnesota Street (Skyway level)
St. Paul, MN 55101-2156

Mailing Address:
444 Cedar Street, Suite 222
St. Paul MN 55101-2156
Phone: 651.201.7507
Fax: 651.297.5259

Statute Title & Description

Chapter 340A Liquor

Section 101 Definitions

“Alcoholic beverage” is any beverage containing more than one-half of one percent alcohol by volume.

“Fortified wine” is wine to which brandy, or neutral grape spirits, has been added during or after fermentation resulting in a beverage containing not less than one-half of one percent nor more than 24 percent alcohol by volume for nonindustrial use.

“Intoxicating liquor” is ethyl alcohol, distilled, fermented, spirituous, vinous, and malt beverages containing more than 3.2 percent of alcohol by weight.

“Wine” is the product made from the normal alcoholic fermentation of grapes, including still wine, sparkling and carbonated wine, wine made from condensed grape must, wine made from other agricultural products than sound, ripe grapes, imitation wine, compounds sold as wine, vermouth, cider, perry and sake, in each instance containing not less than one-half of one percent nor more than 24 percent alcohol by volume for nonindustrial use. Wine does not include distilled spirits as defined in subdivision 9.

Section 301 Manufacturers and Wholesalers Licenses  Subdivision 9 Unlicensed manufacture. 

Nothing in this chapter requires a license for the natural fermentation of fruit juices or brewing of beer in the home for family use.



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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