2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
September 14, 2017 - Introduced by Senators Miller, Marklein, Nass and L.
Taylor, cosponsored by Representatives Kooyenga, Horlacher, Anderson,
Ballweg, Considine, Crowley, Gannon, Kremer, Milroy, Pope,
Pronschinske, Spreitzer, Thiesfeldt and Tusler. Referred to Committee on
Agriculture, Small Business and Tourism.
1An Act to create
125.53 (3) of the statutes; relating to: taste samples of
2fermented apple or pear cider provided by a winery.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill allows a Wisconsin winery to provide taste samples of cider produced
by another Wisconsin winery.
Current law defines “wine" to include products that contain at least 0.5 percent
but not more than 21 percent alcohol by volume (ABV) and that are obtained from
the fermentation of grapes or other fruits, including fermented apple or pear cider.
A winery permit authorizes the manufacture and bottling of wine on the winery
premises for sale to wholesalers and the provision of taste samples on the winery
premises of wine manufactured on the premises.
This bill authorizes a winery to provide, on the winery premises and without
charge, taste samples of cider manufactured by another Wisconsin winery. For
purposes of the bill, “cider" means fermented apple or pear cider with an alcohol
content not exceeding 7 percent ABV. The bill also allows a Wisconsin winery to
provide cider to another Wisconsin winery for use by the other winery in providing
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
125.53 (3) of the statutes is created to read:
(a) In this subsection, “cider" has the meaning given in s. 125.51 (2) 2
(b) In addition to any authorization specified in sub. (1), a winery holding a 4
permit under this section may do any of the following:
1. Provide, on the winery premises, taste samples of cider manufactured by 6
another winery that holds a permit under this section. These taste samples may be 7
provided only to persons who have attained the legal drinking age and, if provided, 8
shall be provided free of charge.
2. Provide cider directly to another winery that holds a permit under this 10
section for use in providing taste samples under subd. 1.