July 18, 2019
|Office of Congressional and Public Affairs
TTB Press Release
TTB Establishes the Crest of the Blue Ridge Henderson County Viticultural Area
Washington, D.C. – On Friday, July 19, 2019, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) will publish a final rule in Federal Register establishing the approximately 215-square mile “Crest of the Blue Ridge Henderson County” American viticultural area in Henderson County, North Carolina. The Crest of the Blue Ridge Henderson County viticultural area is not located within any other established viticultural area.
TTB is issuing this regulation in response to a petition submitted by the executive director of Agribusiness Henderson County and the county extension support specialist for North Carolina Cooperative Extension on behalf of the local vineyard owners and 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.
This final rule will be effective on August 19, 2019. The public may view the relevant rulemaking documents and the public comments received regarding the Crest of the Blue Ridge Henderson County viticultural area on the “Regulations.gov” website (https://www.regulations.gov) within Docket No. TTB–2018–0009. A link to the docket may be found on the TTB website (https://www.ttb.gov).