Recognize the AOP (AOC) mark

Updated: Sep 8, 2021

We often see the mark of origin on some wine bottles, but what does it mean? Let’s take everyone to learn about French wine producing landmarks!

If you want to step into the field of wine, you can start with the most classic French wines. French wine has a long history and a vast production area, with more than 200 native grape varieties. As a reference for selection, France began to use AOC (L’Appellation d’origine contrôlée) (designation of origin control) as early as the middle of the 20th century. Under the AOC system, wines are divided into the following four grades in order.

AOC (naming method: Appellation+producing area name+Contrôlée)

VDQS (naming method: Vin Délimité de Qualité Superieure)

VdP (naming method: Vin de Pays + production area name) (meaning Wine of Country)

VdT (naming method: Vin de Table) (meaning Wine of the table)


After 2011, the AOP (L’Appellation d’origine protégée) (protected designation of origin) system replaced the original AOC system and was divided into 3 levels, from high to low.

AOP- (Appellation D’origine Protégée)

IGP- (Indication Géographique Protégée), Replacing the VdP regional table wine, although replacing the VdP logo, the manufacturer sometimes uses the IGP-Vin de Pays method to label it.

VdF- (Vin De France), Replacing the VdT .

The VDQS mark, which was originally necessary for the transition from VdP to AOC, has now been abolished, and it is no longer visible on the label of the new vintage.


After reading the relevant knowledge about AOP, would you like to actually experience the AOP certified wine?

Try the Castle Manor to recommend red wines with AOP label

Chateau Thibualt

Chateau les Acacias

Chateau les Valleteaux

Chateau Lassac




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