View Full Version : Wine Making Laws

07-17-2006, 04:40 PM
Google has let me down. I'm trying to find out how much wine (Mead in my case) can be legally made at home in my state (Georgia, USA). Anybody have a link for wine making laws?


07-17-2006, 05:21 PM

Looks like the Homebrewers in Georgia had to fight for the right to brew 50 gallons of malt beverage for personal use. It looks like Mead and wine are not legal for homebrewers to make, and their beer is limited to 6% Alcohol by Volume. Most states aren't interested in busting homebrewers who are not selling their brew and reserve it for personal consumption... basically a don't ask don't tell policy. That's what I've heard lawmakers and law enforcement in Iowa have suggested to homebrewers who have pushed for expanded legal status.

Georgia Law Here. (http://www.beertown.org/statutes/georgia.htm)

State Search Here. (http://www.beertown.org/homebrewing/legal.html)


07-17-2006, 06:33 PM
Ouch, that's tough. I'll have to talk to the folks at my local brew shop about anything that may be happening to change that. Maybe they'll know.


Muirghein Tarot
07-17-2006, 08:32 PM
When I checked out Alabama on that site it gave an old law. The brewing laws have changed here they may have in Georgia. I looked up 'Georgia Homebrewing laws' the only thing of interest to anyone who doesn't drink beer (myself included) was a brewing group from Savanna that does make mead as well as beer.

You might have to call the Georgia alcohol control board and find out the current laws. Like you I found noting but wine shipping laws with a Google search.

Hey KCat you could try it here in Alabama. We can only have five gallon in our possession at a time. How do you age mead for a year or two when you can only have five gallons in your house? Call every friend and relative you have and ask if you can store a bubbling carboy in their basement? Shakes head in total disgust.

08-10-2006, 09:02 PM
(a) A head of a household may produce 200 gallons of wine in any one calendar year to be consumed within his own household without any requirement to be licensed for such purpose. Wine so produced shall not be subject to any excise tax imposed by this chapter.
(b) For purposes of this Code section, a single individual who is not a dependent of another person for purposes of Georgia income taxation shall be considered a head of a household.


I've had the unfortunate joy of trying to decipher the OCGA parts on businesses. None of it is pretty.