Abbreviation for "Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau" (office for the taxation and the trade of alcohol and tobacco). This since the beginning of 2003 existing US office is from the BATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives). As a result of the 2002 entered into force "Homeland Security Act" was a division of tasks. The corresponding responsibilities and functions related to alcohol and tobacco were removed from the BATF and assigned to the TTB. These include the approval of the design, the terms and the designation of wine labels and packaging and, in part, the wine advertising and the wine trade; the granting or refusal of official permits for new wineries; the monitoring of records and the tracking of production techniques, quantities, logistics and the collection of alcohol taxes; and the approval or rejection of applications for new vineyards in the USA, Thus, the authority is responsible for the US appellation system AVA (American Viticultural Area). TTB is the Ministry of Finance, BATF remains assigned to the Ministry of Justice.