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What Does Appellation Mean? 

Appellation is a legal term that is used to provide a protected geographical indication of the creation of an alcohol

Examples of Appellations Systems Around the World:

  • Austria – Districtus Austriae Controllatus (DAC)
  • Australia – Australian Geographical Indications (AGI)
  • Canada – Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA)
  • Chile – Denominación de Origen (DO)
  • Cyprus – Protected designation of origin (O.E.O.?)
  • European Union – Protected Designation of Origin (PDO)
  • France – Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC or AC)
  • Germany – German Wine Classification (QbA)
  • Greece – Onomasia Proelefsis Anoteras Poiotitos (OPAP)
  • Italy – Indicazione Geografica Tipica (IGT)
  • Luxembourg – Appellation Contrôlée (AC)
  • Portugal – Denominação de Origem Controlada (DOC)
  • Romania – Denumire de Origine Controlata (DOC)
  • South Africa – Wine of Origin
  • Spain – Denominación de Origen (DO)
  • United Kingdom – Quality Wine Scheme
  • United States – American Viticultural Area (AVA)

This video below explains Appellation in much more detail around the subject of wine.


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