by Staff Writer - C. Barnett | April 26, 2012

DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) – Definition

The DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) was established in 1963 and translated it means “Controlled Denomination of Origin”. The DOC is Italy’s system for confirming quality wines. It is noted as the highest type of protection and recognition for quality Italian wines.

DOCs are defined by the geographic area of production for each wine, the minimum alcohol content, the maximum yield, the terms for aging, and the varieties that may be used. Tasting commissions introduced standards for appearance, color, bouquet, and flavor.

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