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Wine Making On Premises License

A winemaking on premises facility license allows a facility to have individuals who are twenty-one (21) years of age or older to come to their establishment, purchase ingredients and rent the equipment, time and space to manufacture and bottle wine for personal use.

A winemaking on premises facility license expires one (1) year from the date of issue. The forms and fees for this license are available under Public Information and Forms.


Requirements

  • The application for a winemaking on premises facility license must be approved by the TABC commission at a regular monthly commission meeting. Applications must be complete before being placed on the agenda.

Restrictions

  • Except for wine produced for testing recipes or equipment, and producing samples for clients to taste, the license holder cannot manufacture wine that is not intended for the personal use of the license holder on the premises of the winemaking on premises facility.
  • Customers can manufacture, but not rectify wine.

More Information
New Application Process

A non-refundable application process fee of $300.00 shall be paid when the application is initially submitted. When your application documents are almost complete, call your local TABC office and make an appointment to come in so your application can be reviewed in your presence. If you prefer to mail your application in, be sure to include your contact information.

  • Fill out and submit the Application for a Winery License (The Winery application is used for the Winemaking on Premises Facility license.)
  • Proof of Possession
    • A Lease, Deed, Bill of Sale or other acceptable documentation, indicating the applicant is actually leasing or in possession of the property, shall be furnished to this office. It is also required for the applicant to furnish a copy of the Deed that is registered with the Register of Deed's Office. These documents shall be complete and legible.
    • If the application is from a corporation, LLC, or partnership, the lease should be to that entity that will hold the permit.
  • If you have a purchase agreement or bill of sale, submit a copy to the TABC.
  • If you have a loan associated with the purchase or start-up of this business, submit a copy of your loan documentation.
  • Fill out and submit the Alcoholic Beverage Commission Questionnaire.
    • Owners, partners, officers, managers and/or any person who owns five percent (5%) or more in the corporation/business should complete these forms. All questions should be answered, even if the answer is N/A (not applicable), and the questionnaire should be signed and notarized.
  • Fill out and submit the List of Corporate Stockholders and Officers with names, titles and percentages of ownership.
  • Fill out and submit the Declaration of Citizenship with the appropriate copies of your Identification.
    • Owners, partners, officers, and/or any person who owns five percent (5%) or more should complete the declaration of citizenship form.
  • Certificate of Occupancy
    • The Certificate of Occupancy is issued by the local municipality’s codes department. Please contact the local codes department in the jurisdiction in which the winery will be located for additional information. If the local government does not have building and safety codes for the location of the winery, then the state’s building and safety codes will apply and a certificate of occupancy from a state inspector would be required.
  • Submit a copy of your city/county business license.
  • Submit a copy of the approval from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.
  • Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission Inspects the premises.
    • The applicant should contact the local TABC office and schedule an inspection after their application has been submitted. The agent will bring you a copy of the rules and regulations and the pregnancy warning sign.
  • Other documentation may be requested after your application is submitted.
  • Your annual license fee will be due after the application has been reviewed by the commissioners, before the permit can be issued.

Secretary of State

  • Submit a copy of your Charter, Articles of Organization, or Partnership Agreement from the state of Tennessee.
    • (This document is required only if the applicant is a corporation, a limited liability company (LLC) or a formal partnership.) A filed copy of the Tennessee charter must be furnished to the local TABC office. If an out-of-state charter has been issued, then approval to do business in the State of Tennessee must be obtained from the Tennessee Secretary of State's Office, 6th Floor, William Snodgrass Building, 7th Avenue North between Charlotte Avenue and Union Avenue, Nashville, Tennessee, telephone (615) 741-2286. If a corporation is registered out-of-state, then a copy of that charter should also be furnished.
  • Submit a copy of the Certificate of Existence from the Secretary of State’s office if you are a corporation or LLC. This must be currently dated, within 30 days.

Department of Revenue

  • Application for Registration sales and use tax
    • Submit the original application to Department of Revenue and submit a copy to the TABC. The TABC will need a copy of the sales and use tax certificate of registration when received from Department of Revenue.

Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau

  • Receive and submit a copy of your federal basic permit.

* All forms must be completely filled out, signed and notarized.

* All payments must be made with a money order, cashier's check or business check from the licensed establishment and made payable to the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission. Global money orders will not be accepted.

* Notaries are available at the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission office for walk in clients. You must be present, have proper identification and the notary must witness your signature.

Renewal Information

Approximately one month prior to your expiration date a TABC agent will conduct a renewal inspection at your establishment. All documents and the renewal fee should be received in the TABC office prior to the expiration date of the license. You must be current on all citations and taxes before your permit can renew.

  • Submit the renewal license fee of $150.00.
  • Fill out and submit the Application for a Winery license (The winery application is used for the Winemaking on Premises Facility license.)
  • Fill out and submit a completed stockholders/officers/members form.
  • Fill out and submit the Declaration of Citizenship with the appropriate copies of your identification (unless you already have one on file with this permit.)
    • Owners, partners, officers and/or any other person who owns five percent (5%) or more should complete the declaration of citizenship form.
  • Submit a copy of your corporation or LLC annual report.
  • If the TABC does not have a copy of your current lease on file, submit a copy of your new lease.

* All forms must be completely filled out, signed and notarized.

* All payments must be made with a money order, cashier's check or business check from the licensed establishment and made payable to the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission. Global money orders will not be accepted.

* Notaries are available at the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission office for walk in clients. You must be present, have proper identification and the notary must witness your signature.