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340A.315 Farm winery license.

Subdivision 1. Licenses. The commissioner may issue a farm winery license to the owner or operator of a farm winery located within the state and producing table or sparkling wines. Licenses may be issued and renewed for an annual fee of $50, which is in lieu of all other license fees required by this chapter.

Subd. 2. Sales. A license authorizes the sale, on the farm winery premises, of table or sparkling wines produced by that farm winery at on-sale or off-sale, in retail, or wholesale lots in total quantities not in excess of 50,000 gallons in a calendar year, glassware, wine literature and accessories, cheese and cheese spreads, and the dispensing of free samples of the wines offered for sale. Sales at on-sale and off-sale may be made on Sundays between 12:00 noon and 12:00 midnight. Labels for each type or brand produced must be registered with the commissioner, without fee prior to sale.

Subd. 3. Applicability. Except as otherwise specified in this section, all provisions of this chapter govern the production, sale, possession, and consumption of table or sparkling wines produced by a farm winery.

Subd. 4. Minnesota products. If Minnesota produced or grown grapes, grape juice, other fruit bases, or honey is not available in quantities sufficient to constitute a majority of the table or sparkling wine produced by a farm winery, the holder of the farm winery license may file an affidavit stating this fact with the commissioner. If the commissioner, after consultation with the commissioner of agriculture, determines this to be true, the farm winery may use imported products and shall continue to be governed by the provisions of this section. The affidavit is effective for a period of one year, after which time the farm winery must use the required amount of Minnesota products as provided by subdivision 1 unless the farm winery holder files a new affidavit with the commissioner.

Subd. 5. Repealed, 1985 c 12 s 2

HIST: 1985 c 12 s 1; 1985 c 134 s 1; 1985 c 305 art 5 s 15; 1Sp1985 c 16 art 2 s 3 subd 1; 1987 c 152 art 1 s 1; 1992 c 513 art 3 s 56

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