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Abbreviation for "Districtus Austriae Controllatus", the Austrian designation for an area-typical and origin-controlled quality wine, which corresponds analogously to the French Appellation d'Origine Protégée (AOP). A reorganisation of the quality system in Austria in this respect was established in the 1990s by representatives of the winegrowers' association, the wine trade, ÖWM (wine marketing service company) and the Ministry of Agriculture. The aim of these efforts was and is to emphasise the distinctiveness of Austrian wine and to strengthen its identity in order to hold its own against increasing competition from Europe and overseas. Similar to France, Italy and Spain, the origin is thus given greater consideration or brought to the fore. To illustrate the motivation, the difference between "Romanesque" and "Germanic" wine law should be made clear.

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