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Understanding Wine Labels  - Protected Designation of Origin

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Originating in France, the ‘appellation d'origine contrôlée’ system was designed to indicate the provenance of a wine, it acts as a certificate that wines awarded the right to use that particular AOC adhere to certain quality rules, grape blends, winemaking  methods and has been born of a particular terroir. There are now 15 winemaking nations that have adopted a similar system, here are some of the most important. France There are over 450 AOC wines in France, some of the most prestigious being Chateauneuf du Pape, Montrachet & St Emilion.  There are many more quality indicators specific to different AOC’s...

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