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Over the years, TTB and its predecessor agencies have issued industry circulars to help industry members understand and comply with applicable laws and regulations.

Below you will find TTB industry circulars pertaining to the wine industry.

The information in our circulars may have been modified, superseded, or made obsolete by changes in federal laws or our regulations (see Removed Public Guidance Documents for more information). To verify the content or accuracy of any TTB industry circulars, please contact us at 202-453-2265, or use our Contact Us form.

Visit our TTB Industry Circulars page for a complete listing of our current industry circulars.

  • 2020-1 - Updates to TTB Guidance 2016-2: Pre-COLA Product Evaluations For Wine Products and TTB Guidance 2017-5: Formula Approval with Laboratory Sample Analysis
  • 2018-7 - Industry Compliance with Trade Practice Laws and Regulations
  • 2018-6 - Guidance Regarding Formulas for Certain Alcoholic Beverages
  • 2018-5 - Single Taxpayer Rules for Credits and Reduced Rates on Beer, Wine, and Distilled Spirits Produced in the United States
  • 2018-3 - Alternation of Premises for Storage of Tax-Determined and Non-Tax Determined Distilled Spirits, Wine, and Beer
  • 2018-2 - Expansion of Allowable Changes to Approved Alcohol Beverage Labels
  • 2018-1A - Alternate Procedure for a Wine Producer to Tax Determine and Tax Pay Wine of Its Production That Is Stored Untaxpaid at a Bonded Wine Cellar
  • 2017-4 - Voluntary Beverage Alcohol Recalls
  • 2017-3 - Pinot Noir from the Languedoc-Roussillon Region of France; Cancellation of Declaration Requirement
  • 2017-2 - Amendments to the Criteria for the Hard Cider Tax Rate and Information on Other Requirements that Apply to Wine that is Eligible for the Hard Cider Tax Rate
  • 2017-1 - Levels of Lead in Wine
  • 2016-2 - Internal Revenue Code Amendments Eliminating Bond Requirements and Adding Annual Tax Return Periods for Eligible Alcohol Taxpayers
  • 2016-1 - Elimination of Certain Pre-COLA Product Evaluation Requirements (Formulas or Laboratory Analysis) for Certain Alcohol Beverage Products
  • 2015-1 - Automated Commercial Environment Pilot Program; Alternate Method for Participants to Fulfill TTB Requirements for Importation
  • 2014-2 - Expansion of Allowable Revisions to Approved Alcohol Beverage Labels
  • 2014-1 - New Argentine Wine Labeling Rules and Certificate of Label Approval Requirements
  • 2013-1 - Use of Social Media in the Advertising of Alcohol Beverages
  • 2012-2 - Tie-In Sales - An Unlawful Trade Practice
  • 2012-1 - Guidance Regarding Industry Members' Participation in Retail Programs
  • 2011-4 - Streamlining the Certificate of Label Approval Review Process
  • 2011-2 - Application of Alcohol Beverage Advertising Regulations to Television Advertising
  • 2011-1 - Application of Alcohol Beverage Advertising Regulations to Media Personality Sponsorships
  • 2010-8 - Alcohol Beverages Containing Added Caffeine
  • 2010-6 - Voluntary Alcohol Beverage Recalls [Superseded by 2017-4 - Voluntary Beverage Alcohol Recalls]
  • 2010–4, Country of Origin Certification Requirements for Imported Wines and Distilled Spirits
  • 2010–3 – Brunello di Montalcino Wine
  • 2010–2 - Unauthorized Pesticide Verification and Enforcement Program for Wine
  • 2008–4 - Alternating Proprietors at Bonded Wine Premises
  • 2007–2 - Certification and Analysis of U.S. Wine for Export to the European Community
  • 2006-2 - Use of Genetically Modified Materials and Export Implications
  • 2006-1 - Impact of the U.S. / EU Wine Agreement on Certificates of Label Approval for Wine Labels with a Semi-generic Name or Retsina
  • 2004-5 - Voluntary Disclosure Program
  • 2004-4 - Guidelines for Submitting Operational Reports
  • 2004-3 - Alcohol and Tobacco Export Documentation Procedures
  • 2004-3 - FAQ's
  • 2004-2 - Using Pay.gov To Submit Alcohol and Tobacco Excise Tax Returns, Tax Payments, and Operational Reports
  • 2003-6 - COLAs Online
  • 2003-5 - TTB Form 5100.31, Application for and Certification/Exemption of Label/Bottle Approval (COLA)
  • 2003-3 - Tie-In Sales - An Unlawful Trade Practice NOTE: Superseded by Industry Circular 2012-2
  • 2003-1 - Establishment of the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau

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Last updated: April 24, 2024