Definition of Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée in US English:

Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée

(also Appellation d'Origine Controlee, Appellation d'Origine Controlée)


  • In France: a designation for wine (and some foods) guaranteeing that it was produced in the region specific to its name; the system under which such designations are awarded. Abbreviated AOC.


1960s; earliest use found in Allan Sichel (1900–1965). From French appellation d'origine contrôlée from appellation + de of + origine + contrôlée, feminine of past participle of contrôler.


Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée

/ˌapɛlasjɒ̃ ˌdɒrɪˈʒiːn ˌkɒ̃trəʊˈleɪ/