Abbreviation for "Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau". This US office, which has existed since the beginning of 2003, is from the BATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives). As a result of the “Homeland Security Act”, which came into force in 2002, the tasks were divided. The corresponding responsibilities and functions with regard to alcohol and tobacco have been removed from the BATF and assigned to the TTB. This includes the approval of the design, the conditions and the designation of wine labels and packaging and in part wine advertising and wine trading; the approval or refusal of official permits for new wineries; monitoring records and tracking production techniques, quantities, logistics, and collecting alcohol taxes; and the approval or rejection of applications for new wine-growing regions in the United States, Thus, the agency is responsible for the US appeals system AVA (American Viticultural Area). TTB is the Ministry of Finance, BATF remains assigned to the Ministry of Justice.