Stand for Appellation d’Origine Controlée and a suggested translation would be « regulated wine of origin ». AOC is the higher nationwide wine grade.
Those wines are of higher quality. They are strictly ruled. Those rules cover methods of growing and producing, grape-variety, minimum contents of alcohol, yielding, wines must be produced from grapes grown within a geographically defined area …
All those wines are analyzed and tasted. This very strict legislation guarantees an excellent quality of AOC wines.
The word « Origine » is often replaced by the name of the place of origin of the wine « Appellation Lirac controlée ».