The VOC Znojmo initiative put the Czech Republic among the circle of big wine-producing countries that successfully apply similar systems – France (AOC), Italy (DOC), Austria (DAC) or Spain (DO).Wines from these countries, for example Chianti, Rioja or Chabli, present clearly identified labels on the today’s market.
The top quality wines are marked “AOC” (Appellation d’ Origine Contrôlée). Origin, varieties, production amount, cultivating methods, processing technology and quality of products are controlled by 400 bureaus all around France; AOC wines represent circa one third of the local production.
You can most often see table wines and wines marked with “DOC” and “DOCG”. Regions with this status are limited in quantity of grapes for higher quality wines. The DOC wines (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) are controlled according to their origin, yield, period of maturation, technology and quality. There are over 500 kinds of such wines, from average up to the top quality ones. The DOCG system (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) represents the highest quality and applies for the top DOC wines.
A German system is used along with the DAC Appellation System (Districtus Austriae Controllatus) that in spring 2010 classified wines according to 7 appellations. Their number is supposed to widen, some federal countries will be fully covered by this category.