Part of understanding a country’s wine is understanding how the country controls (and therefore labels) its wine production. Perhaps the best place to begin is the system that many modern wine governances are modeled after: France’s Appellation d’Origine Controlée (AOC).

Click here to read about the Appellation d’Origine Controlée (AOC), including its origin, its guidelines, and the advantages (and criticisms) of this highly-controlled system.

Cover photo from the Bibliothèque de Toulouse.