Pennsylvania Home Wine Making Laws

State Law: Legal Amounts of Homemade Wine

Pennsylvania 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

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board
Northwest Office Building
910 Capitol Street 
Harrisburg, PA 17124-0001
Phone: 717.783.7637

Statute Title & Description

Title 47 P.S. Liquor

Chapter 1 Article 1 Section 1-102. Definitions

“Alcohol” shall mean ethyl alcohol of any degree of proof originally produced by the distillation of any fermented liquid, whether rectified or diluted with or without water, whatever may be the origin thereof, and shall include synthetic ethyl alcohol, but shall not mean or include ethyl alcohol, whether or not diluted, that has been denatured or otherwise rendered unfit for beverage purposes.

“Person” shall mean a natural person, association or corporation. Whenever used in a clause prescribing or imposing a fine or imprisonment or both, the term “person”, as applied to “association”, shall mean the partners or members thereof, and as applied to “corporation”, shall mean the officers thereof, except, as to incorporated clubs, the term “person” shall mean such individual or individuals who, under the by-laws of such club, shall have jurisdiction over the possession and sale of liquor therein.

“Wine” shall mean liquor which is fermented from grapes and other fruits, having alcoholic content of twenty-four per centum or less. The term “wine” shall not include any products containing alcohol derived from malt, grain, cereal, molasses or cactus.

Chapter 1 Article 4 (D) Section 4-492. Unlawful acts relative to liquor, alcohol and liquor licensees

It shall be unlawful…

Sales of liquor
(1) For any person, by himself or by an employe or agent, to expose or keep for sale, or directly or indirectly, or upon any pretense or upon any device, to sell or offer to sell any liquor within this Commonwealth, except in accordance with the provisions of this act and the regulations of the board.


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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