LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- The Michigan Senate has approved legislation letting small winemakers get permits to offer tastings and sell wine at farmers markets around the state. The bills passed unanimously Tuesday next head to the House.
The legislation sponsored by Republican state Sen. Goeff Hansen of Hart would limit the tastings and sales to winemakers who produce 5,000 gallons of wine a year or less, which trims the list of eligible vineyards to about 60 of the state's 100-plus winemakers.
It also requires a $25 per market permit fee for the winemaker and the approval of both the market and the local police department.
At the farmers market, each person would be limited to three 2-ounce samples of wine.