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"DOC" or “Controlled Denomination of Origin”. A geographical indication shown on the label of reserved wines that meet the requirements set out by specific production regulations and national and community legislation. This Italian wine classification system was created in 1963 and has greatly increased the quality of wine exports from Italy. The D.O.C. indicates the geographical location wine must be produced in, standards of grape variety, color, flavor, aroma, acidity, alcohol content, period of aging and maximum yield that the producer must adhere to. Only wine adhering to these precise regulations can be labeled with the D.O.C. geographical indication.
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