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Appellation d’Origine Protégée

New designation AOP valid in France for the highest wine quality level "wines of protected origin", which corresponds to a quality wine or PDO (protected origin). The reason for this was the new EU wine market regulation that came into force in August 2009. This means that an origin-controlled quality system is now mandatory throughout the EU, which divides wines into two classes, namely without and with an indication of origin. However, the old traditional designation AOC may continue to be used. The VDQS (Vin Délimité de Qualité Supérieure) category introduced in 1949, which had been regarded as a precursor to AOC, was cancelled without replacement. The production conditions had to be prepared according to AOP standards and the link to the terroir had to be proven. Only then was a higher classification to AOP possible.

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