Washington, D.C. Home Wine Making Laws

State Law: Legal Amounts of Homemade Wine

Washington, D.C. 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

District of Columbia Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration
2000 14th Street, NW, Suite 400S
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: 202.442.4423
Fax: 202.442.9563

Statute Title & Description

Title 25 Chapter 1 Subchapter 1 General Provisions Section 25-101 Definitions

“Alcoholic beverage” means a liquid or solid, patented or not, containing alcohol capable
of being consumed by a human being. The term “alcoholic beverage” shall not include a
liquid or solid containing less than one-half of 1% of alcohol by volume.

“Wine” means an alcoholic beverage containing not more than 14% alcohol by volume
obtained by the fermentation of the natural sugar content of fruits or other agricultural
products containing sugar whether or not other ingredients are added.

Title 25 Chapter 9 Taxes Section 25-906 Exemption from tax

No tax shall be levied and collected on any alcoholic beverage exempt from tax under the
laws of the United States, or on any alcohol sold for nonbeverage purposes by the licensee under a manufacturer’s or wholesaler’s license in accordance with the regulations promulgated by the Council.



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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