Under federal law, each type of winery has its own set of documents that must be submitted to the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (“TTB”) for a permit to operate a winery. A Stand Alone Bonded Winery is a brick and mortar-type establishment. This type of operation is the typical commercial “winery” that produces and stores its own wine. To become a bonded wine premise, one must first establish the premises, obtain a bond, and receive permission from the TTB. (The bond is basically an insurance policy that will cover excise tax liability due to the federal government.)
1) Application for Basic Permit;
2) Application to Establish and Operate a Wine Premises;
3) Wine Bond (generally in the amount of $1,000 for smaller wineries;
4) Environmental/Water Quality information;
5) Signing Authority or Power of Attorney;
6) Personnel Questionnaires for Owners/Officers/Directors; and
7) Other supporting documentation.