TTB Press Release

December 3, 2018
For Immediate Release

Office of Congressional and Public Affairs

TTB Proposes the West Sonoma Coast Viticultural Area


Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, December 6, 2018, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) will publish a proposed rule in Federal Register proposing the establishment of the approximately 141,846-acre “West Sonoma Coast” American viticultural area in Sonoma County in California.  The proposed viticultural area is located within the established Sonoma Coast and North Coast viticultural areas and contains the established Fort Ross–Seaview viticultural area.

TTB is making this proposal in response to a petition filed on behalf of the West Sonoma Coast Vintners.  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.

After the proposed rule is published, you may submit comments on this proposal and view copies of the proposed rule, selected supporting materials, and any comments TTB receives about this proposal on the website within Docket No. TTB–2018–0008.  A link to that docket is posted on the TTB website at under Notice No. 177.

Alternatively, written comments may be submitted to one of these addresses:

  • U.S. Mail: Director, Regulations and Rulings Division, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, 1310 G Street NW., Box 12, Washington, DC 20005; or
  • Hand delivery/courier in lieu of mail: Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, 1310 G Street, NW., Suite 400, Washington, DC 20005.

Comments on this proposal must be received on or before February 4, 2019.






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