OAR 845-010-0923
Wine Label Designation of Nested American Viticultural Areas


For the purposes of this rule, “Nested American Viticultural Area” or “Nested AVA” means an American Viticultural Area or “AVA” that is partially or wholly contained within a larger American Viticultural Area.


On or after January 1, 2023, any wine label that includes the name of a Nested AVA that is wholly or partially contained within an AVA listed in section (6) of this rule must include the name of the larger AVA on the brand label.


The letter size of the larger AVA name must be at least:


Two millimeters high if the wine container is more than 187 milliliters in volume; or


One millimeter high if the wine container is 187 milliliters or less in volume.


The name of the larger American Viticultural Area may:


Be included in or near the name of the Nested AVA; or


Be in the same size or font as the Nested AVA.


The appearance of an AVA on the label may not resemble a brand name or appear in lettering that is larger or more prominent than the brand name for the product, unless the brand name stating or implying an AVA has been in continuous use as a brand name since December 31, 2017, and prior to December 31, 2017, was:


Used in conformance with Commission standards;


Subject to a federal trademark registration for wine under United States Patent and Trademark Office Class 33; and


Sold in interstate commerce.


When the appellation of origin used on a wine label is a nested AVA wholly or partially within the Willamette Valley AVA, then the separate phrase “Willamette Valley” must appear on the brand label of the wine.


Notwithstanding Section (2) of this rule, a manufacturer may submit a written request to the Commission as described in this section to affix non-conforming labels to containers of wine on or after January 1, 2023. The Commission will evaluate and provide approval of these requests on a case-by-case basis. Requests to use up the remaining stock of labels on or after January 1, 2023 must include:


Information identifying the affected label(s) including:


A copy of the TTB-approved certificate of label approval (COLA); or


Other copy of the label intended for use and a TTB certificate of exemption from label approval.


The reason for the non-conforming label (i.e. how did this happen);


The steps the licensee will take to ensure that all future labels to be printed comply with this rule;


The quantity of non-conforming labels the licensee needs to use up; and


The length of time the licensee anticipates it will need to use up the nonconforming labels.

Source: Rule 845-010-0923 — Wine Label Designation of Nested American Viticultural Areas, https://secure.­sos.­state.­or.­us/oard/view.­action?ruleNumber=845-010-0923.

Last Updated

Jun. 8, 2021

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