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Federal Appeals Court Opinion: Minnesota Winemakers Have Standing to Sue

July 29, 2019
By U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

Minnesota state law requires wineries to use a minimum of 51 percent grapes grown in-state.

Alexis Bailly Vineyard, Inc. and The Next Chapter Winery, LLC (collectively, Farm Wineries) appeal from an order granting summary judgment to the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (Commissioner). The district court held that the Farm Wineries lack standing to challenge a Minnesota statute that requires them to manufacture their wine with a majority of the ingredients grown or produced in Minnesota. On appeal, the Farm Wineries claim that the district court erred by granting summary judgment to the Commissioner and ask us to consider the merits of the dispute. We reverse the district court’s order granting summary judgment and remand for further proceedings.
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