Appellation d'origine contrôlée
AOC stands for ‘Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée’ which translates as ‘controlled name of origin’. The Institut National des Appellations d'Origine (INAO), a branch of the French Ministry of Agriculture guarantees that all AOC products will hold to a rigorous set of clearly defined standards. The organisation stresses that AOC products will be produced in a consistent and traditional manner with ingredients from specifically classified producers in designated geographical areas. In the case of wine and cheese they must be matured at least partially in the respective designated area. The following French ingredients are those which are registered as AOC.