What does AOC mean?

Champagne is an AOC. In your opinion, what does AOC stand for?

Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée

Appellation Originale Contrôlée

Authenticité d’Origine Contrôlée

Appellation Originale Contractualisée



is the French acronym for Designation of Origin. It links a product to its geographical origin and makes it subject to rules of production and manufacturing.

It expresses the close link between production and terroir, coupled with the enduring impact of human expertise.



(Protected Designation of Origin) is the European equivalent of AOC.

It protects the name of a product in every EU country.



(Protected Geographical Indication) is the international equivalent of AOC – PDO.