Rhode Island Home Wine Making Laws

State Law: Legal Amounts of Homemade Wine

Rhode Island 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

Division of Commercial Licensing and Regulation
1511 Pontiac Avenue
Cranston, RI 02920
Phone: 401.462.9500
Fax: 401.462.9532

Statute Title & Description

Rhode Island statute Title 3, Chapter 1

Section 3-1-1: Definitions

As used in this title, unless the context otherwise requires:

“Beverage” means any liquid which either by itself or by mixture with any other liquid or liquids is or may become fit for human consumption as a drink and which contains five-tenths of one per cent (.5%) or more of alcohol by weight.

“Wines” means all fermented alcoholic beverages made from fruits, flowers, herbs, or vegetables and containing not more than twenty-four percent (24%) of alcohol by volume at sixty degrees Fahrenheit (60 degrees F), except cider obtained by the alcohol fermentation of the juice of apples and containing not less than five tenths of one percent (.05%) or containing not more than six percent (6%), of alcohol by weight at sixty degrees Fahrenheit (60 degrees F) including but not limited to flavored, sparkling, or carbonated cider.

Section 3-1-3: Manufacture of wines for domestic use exempt from title

Nothing contained in this title and chapter shall be construed as to prohibit the manufacture of cider, or the sale of cider; or the manufacture of wine or malt liquors for domestic 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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