Denominazione di Origine Controllata
- a classification system for the quality wines in Italy, similar to the Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée in France. The DOC system covers over 250 different regions in Italy and provides rules for the types of grape grown, methods of production, and yield, alcohol levels and ageing to be used. Further regulations cover the look and taste of the wine, including its colour and flavour within each area. A higher-quality category, Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG), helps define the very best wines in Italy.