A.O.C : Aint’no Other Choice ?
We often divide the world of wine into two categories: the Old world and the New world.
Roughly, Old world being Europe and New world referring to Australia, New-Zealand, USA, South Africa and South-America.
|typical Australian wine label|
- Be produced within, and contain grapes only grown within, the specified
- Use only permissible grape varieties and adhere to specified varietal amounts.
- Produce less than the specified maximum yield of grapes per hectare.
- Contain between the designated minimum and maximum alcohol percentage.
- Adhere to predetermined vineyard practices, winemaking practices and aging techniques.
- Pass chemical analysis and typicity tests.
The INAO’s (National Institute of AOC) duty is to guarantee that the wine in the bottle corresponds to the name on its label.
|an Excellent 100% Grenache wine from Rhone Valley area declassified in Table Wine|
|Alain Dejean, on the left, explaining his battle against Sauternes AOC|
|Fat Bastard wine – the company is… in Gigondas !|