You are using an old browser that may not function as expected.
For a better, safer browsing experience, please upgrade your browser.

Log in Become a Member

Institute National des Appellations d'Origine


The "Institut National de l'Origine et de la qualité" (National Institute for Origin and Quality) is a state institution in France with its headquarters in Paris, which is subordinate to the Ministry of Agriculture (but the acronym is also interpreted as "Institut National des Appellations d'Origine des Vins et Eaux-de-Vie"). It is responsible for the supervision of food produced in the mother country. For this purpose, standards were developed that guarantee the origin and quality to the consumer through appropriate labelling. Wine, brandy(Armagnac and Cognac) and various foodstuffs (cheese, meat, vegetables, etc.) are included in this quality assurance. This concerns the following labels or quality classes:

  • AOC - Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée - used for wine
  • AOP - Appellation Appellation d’Origine...

Voices of our members

Roman Horvath MW

wein.plus is a handy, efficient guide to a quick overview of the colourful world of wines, winegrowers and grape varieties. In Wine lexicon, the most comprehensive of its kind in the world, you will find around 26,000 keywords on the subject of grape varieties, wineries, wine-growing regions and much more.

Roman Horvath MW
Domäne Wachau (Wachau)

The world's largest Lexicon of wine terms.

26,266 Keywords · 46,879 Synonyms · 5,322 Translations · 31,599 Pronunciations · 193,370 Cross-references
made with by our author Norbert F. J. Tischelmayer. About the Lexicon