Montana has three types of winery license: domestic, foreign, and out-of-state.
A domestic winery is any winery located in Montana. (16-3-411, MCA)
A domestic winery license lets you:
- Import in bulk, bottle, produce, blend, store, transport, or export your wine
- Sell your wine at wholesale to wine distributors
- Sell and deliver up to 4,500 cases per year of your wine to retailers
- Sell your wine at retail directly to your customers at your winery
- Provide your wine for consumption at your winery free of charge
- Obtain a permit to provide wine at special events
You apply for a domestic winery license using the Domestic Winery License Application (Form DWL).
A foreign winery is a winery located outside Montana and may only ship to licensed wine distributors in Montana and direct to consumers with a direct shipment endorsement.
You apply for a foreign winery license using the Montana Foreign Winery or Importer Registration (Form FWIR).
An out-of-state winery is located outside Montana and may ship to licensed wine distributors and retailers in Montana using their own equipment.
You apply for an out-of-state winery license using the Out-of-State Winery License Application (Form FWIR).
Domestic and Out-of-State License Fees
- New License Fee
- Application Processing Fee
- Renewal Fee
The application processing fee only applies for original applications and is not applied to renewals.
Foreign Winery Importer
A foreign winery importer’s registration fees are based on how many cases of wine they ship to Montana:
- 0-60 9-Liter Cases per Year
- 61-500 9-Liter Cases per Year
- 501-1000 9-Liter Cases per Year
- 1001-2000 9-Liter Cases per Year
- 2001+ 9-Liter Cases per Year
- Direct Shipment Endorsement
Foreign Winery Importer’s registration is renewed on September 30 each year.
License Quotas and Limits
All wine labels must be approved by the Montana Department of Revenue before selling and shipping into Montana.
You can register your labels for approval through our TransAction Portal (TAP).
All winery locations must follow certain rules, including:
- Your business must be recognizable as a winery.
- Your business must be physically separated from any business not directly related to making wine.
- You cannot operate under a concession agreement.
- You cannot let customers buy alcohol through automatic vending machines or self-service devices.
- You must keep unauthorized people from your manufacturing area.
- You must have an employee directly involved in any wine service at your winery
- You must have a designated sample room. Which may include a deck or patio if it is enclosed and only accessible from the sample room.
- You may only serve samples in the appropriate amounts and in the designated areas.