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Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée

Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée is the French designation for controlled designation of origin, a quality wine from a certain region. A.O.C. is the highest quality indication in the French system of appellations. France has more than 300 AOCs, each with its own regulations and standards for varieties used, alcoholic strength, moment of harvest, yields, viticulture and vinification methods. With the introduction of a new wine classification system, the A.O.C. designation replaced in 2012 by A.O.P., Appellation d’origine protégée (see also A.O.P.). Lower quality indications (according to the new system with three quality levels) are I.G.P. (Indication Géografique Protégée) and Vin de France (table wine).


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