"Denominazione di origine controllata" (controlled designations of origin); An Italian wine classification system created in 1963. The DOC indicates the area in which a wine must be produced, which may include all the vineyards in an entire region or only a few vineyards within a region. Each DOC wine and its varieties (rosso, rosato, spumante, etc.) has standards for grape variety, color, aroma, flavor, alcohol content, acidity, period of aging and maximum yield that the producer must meet.
The Italian system for defining wine regions and wine names. In addition, the D.O.C.G. (Denominazione d'Origine Controllata Garantita) covers regions willing to submit their wines to tougher requirements, including tasting approval.