CERTIFICATES OF ORIGIN AND IDENTITY FOR PORTUGUESE "MOSCATEL DE SETUBAL"
AND CERTIFICATES OF ORIGIN AND IDENTITY AND CERTIFICATES OF AUTHENTICITY
OF VINTAGE DATES FOR "PORTO", "OPORTO" (PORT WINES FROM PORTUGAL).
Importers, and others concerned:
Purpose: The purpose of this circular is to inform importers of
"Moscatel De Setubal" and "Porto", "Oporto" (Port) wines that Industry
Circular No. 61-24 has been modified.
Background: As the result of recent discussions with representatives
of the Portuguese Government, it was brought to our attention that Portuguese
law requires dessert wines produced in the Douro Region of Portugal and
exported in bottles to be labeled and invoiced as "Porto" or "Oporto".
Similarly, the certificates of origin issued by the Institute Do Vinho Do
Porto, which accompany shipments of bottled wine, describe the wines by
these names. We understand the designation "Port" is not used.
Incidentally, under the Federal wine labeling regulations (27 CFR 4.24),
the names "Porto" and "Oporto", unlike "Port", are names of geographic
significance which may be used only to describe wines entitled to such
designations under Portuguese law.
Conclusion: In recognition of this, and for the general information
of the trade, Industry Circular 61-24 is amended by including the words
"Porto" and "Oporto" in parenthesis immediately following the word "Port"
in each instance where the word "Port" is shown in Industry Circular 61-24.
Inquiries: Correspondence in regard to this Industry Circular should
refer to its number and be addressed to the, Director, Alcohol, Tobacco and
Firearms Division (CP:AT:B) Internal Revenue Service, Washington, D. C.
Harold A. Serr,
Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Division