|December 7, 2017
For Immediate Release
|Office of Congressional and Public Affairs
TTB Press Release
TTB Expands the Outer Coastal Plain Viticultural Area
Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, December 7, 2017, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) will publish a final rule in Federal Register expanding the approximately 2,25 million-acre "Outer Coastal Plain" American viticultural area (27 CFR 9.207) in southeastern New Jersey by approximately 32,932 acres. The established Outer Coastal Plain viticultural area and the expansion area are not located within any other viticultural area.
TTB is issuing this regulation in response to a petition submitted by the owners of a vineyard in Colts Neck, New Jersey, which is located within the expansion area. TTB designates viticultural areas to allow vintners to better describe the origin of their wines and to allow consumers to better identify wines they may purchase.
This final rule will be effective on January 8, 2018. The public may view the relevant rulemaking documents and the public comments received regarding the expansion of the Outer Coastal Plain viticultural area on the "Regulations.gov" website within Docket No. TTB–2016–0008. A link to this Regulatons.gov docket may be found on the TTB website (https://www.ttb.gov).