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2014 Legislative Update


What do the new changes in the Farm Winery statute look like?... and what were the actual changes? Simply put. We gained some ground as an industry and as previously noted, the changes were more to align our Minnesota regulations/laws with federal guidelines. Although the information is not uploaded to the State website, the following are the changes that were achieved by our legislative committee:


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Sec. 11.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 340A.315, subdivision 2, is amended to read:

Subd. 2.

Sales.

A license authorizes the sale, on the farm winery premises, of table, sparkling, or fortified wines produced by that farm winery at on-sale or off-sale, in retail, or wholesale lots in total quantities not in excess of strikeout begin50,000strikeout end underline begin75,000 underline endgallons in a calendar year, glassware, wine literature and accessories, cheese and cheese spreads, other wine-related food items, 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 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 midnight. Labels for each type or brand produced must be registered with the commissioner, without fee prior to sale. A farm winery may provide samples of distilled spirits manufactured pursuant to subdivision 7, on the farm winery premises, but may sell the distilled spirits only through a licensed wholesaler. Samples of distilled spirits may not exceed 15 milliliters per variety.

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 Sec. 12.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 340A.315, is amended by adding a subdivision to read:

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underline begin A farm winery may store finished wine and distilled spirits in a noncontiguous warehouse location, provided that the chosen location complies with Minnesota Rules, part 7515.0300, subpart 12, and any other state or federal requirements. Cartage of finished goods between the farm winery and warehouse must be continuously in the possession of a motor carrier of property as defined in section 221.012, subdivision 27, or carried in a motor vehicle owned, leased, or rented by the farm winery. underline end


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Sec. 13.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 340A.315, is amended by adding a subdivision to read:

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underline begin If no wholesaler is able to provide bulk wine or bulk distilled spirits, a farm winery may purchase either bulk wine or bulk distilled spirits for purposes allowed under this chapter from any available source allowed under federal law. underline end

      


Although we are now deep into the thoughts of harvest and our next vintage, we must keep the efforts moving forward. Your legislative committee will be meeting soon to vet new changes. Please submit your desires. submitted 8/28/14

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