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Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée:
The French system of appellations, begun in the 1930s and considered the wine world's prototype. To carry an appellation in this system, a wine must follow rules describing the area the grapes are grown in, the varieties used, the ripeness, the alcoholic strength, the vineyard yields and the methods used in growing the grapes and making the wine.
Appellation d'Origine Protégée:
This is the European Union's new designation, meant to replace the old Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée for recognition across the member states. It was officially adopted in January 2016.
Defines the area where a wine's grapes were grown, such as Bordeaux, Gevrey-Chambertin, Alexander Valley or Russian River Valley. Regulations vary widely from country to country. In order to use an appellation on a California wine label, for example, 85 percent of the grapes used to make the wine must be grown in the specified district.
Defines a legal grape-growing area distinguished by geographical features, climate, soil, elevation, history and other definable boundaries. Rules vary widely from region to region, and change often. Just for one example, in the United States, a wine must be 85 percent from grapes grown within the viticultural area to carry the appellation name.
See Appellation d’Origine Controlée
Denominazione di Origine Controllata ( D.O.C. ) :
The Italian system for defining wine regions and wine names. In addition, the D.O.C.G. (Denominazione di Origine Controllata Garantita) covers regions willing to submit their wines to tougher requirements, including tasting approval.
An appellation or other designated winegrowing region controlled entirely by one winery. Notable examples include Domaine de la Romanée-Conti's Romanée-Conti and La Tâche grands crus in Burgundy and Château Grillet's Château-Grillet AOC in the Northern Rhône Valley.
See Appellation d'Origine Protégée.
Indication Géographique Protégée:
This is the European Union's new designation, meant to replace the old Vin de Pays for recognition across the member states. It was officially adopted in January 2016.
See Indication Géographique Protégée.