Maharashtra Grapes Processing Industries Policy, 2001
Maharashtra is a leading state in production of Grapes in the whole country. In regards to agriculture
land under grapes cultivation & grapes production, Nashik & Sangli districts are at forefront in the
State. Apart from these, grapes are also grown in the districts of Ahmednagar, Pune, Satara, Solapur
Declaration as a Preferential Area:
NABARD may be requested to declare preferential area for Winery Industries, enabling to grant such requisite loans.
Declaration as a Small Scale Industry
Within the limits of investments prescribed for the Small Scale Industry, wineries should be considered as a Small Scale Industry.
Concessions in Excise Duty
The excise duty will be charged at the rate of 50 per cent of the production expenditure incurred by such units.
Wine Sales License:
Wine will be permitted for sale by Beer Bars and also licenses will be given to Wine Bars to sell wine on the basis of Beer Bars.
Wine Sales License Fee:
An amount of Rs. 5000/- per year will be charged for License Fee for the sale of wine and this rate will not be changed for next 10 years.
Simplification in the system of License/Permission for Wine Production:
If Wine production is taken in Winery Park as declared by the State Government, Wine Product License will be given at district level at the time of allotment of Plot. In other places for Wine
Production, by simplifying the system of License the Collector of the district level will be empowered with a binding condition to issue licenses within 30 days.
To maintain the quality of Wine at the International Level and to make available trained man power, a separate Wine Institute will be established.
One Window System:
For Winery Industry, essential license, plot, electricity supply, telephone etc. infrastructure will be made available with One Window System.
Establishment of Grapes Board:
A Grape Processing Industry Board would be established for Wine and other Grape Processing Industry in Maharashtra.
The jurisdiction of the Grapes Board will be as under:-
a) To inspect and control the Quality of Grape Cultivation and Wine Production.
b) To give approval to Lables.
c) To inspect Quality and Standard Norms.
d) To draft various Schemes for Sale of Processed Grape Products on the Global Level.
Facilities of Food Processing Industries:
The facilities which are given to the food processing industry units, will be given to the Winery
Product Units by giving them the status of Food Processing Units.
Wine Product Units - Permission for the Tourists
Permission will be given to the tourists to visit Wine Product Units for testing the wine. Also, licenses will be given to such Wine Product Units to sale wine on retail basis.
Taxation on Imported Wine:
a) Excise Duty: Excise Duty cannot be charged on the Imported Wine. It would be examined as how to charge tax equivalent to the percentage of excise duty on the Imported Wine by
b) Fees on Labels and Brand: No fee on Labels/Brands is charged on Imported Wine. However, fee is charged on the wine produced in the state and the country. This issue would
be examined fees will be charged on labels and brands.