Establishment of the Upper Hiwassee Highlands Viticultural Area

On Friday, July 18, 2014, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau published the final rule in Federal Register establishing Georgia’s first official American viticultural area.

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) establishes the approximately 690-square mile ‘‘Upper Hiwassee Highlands’’ viticultural area in Cherokee and Clay Counties, North Carolina, and Towns, Union, and Fannin Counties, Georgia. The viticultural area does not lie within or contain any other established viticultural 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 is effective August 18, 2014.

All relevant rulemaking documents and public comments concerning this viticultural area are posted at the Regulations.gov website in Docket No. TTB–2013–0008

For a copy of the official announcement, click here.

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