A.O.C : Three letters of nobility that have to be earned .......
The conditions in which the product is made are also the outcome of a culture and a history: they take into account fair and sustained local practices and are written down in an official decree.
The AOC is a collective effort, and has to be kept going by a federative structure: the Organisme de Défense et de Gestion (ODG) which represents and brings together the operators in the AOC product sector.
The AOC is protected at European level within a number of regulations, regulation (EC) n° 1234/2007 establishing a common organisation of agricultural markets, including since 1st August 2009 a common organisation of the wine sector market, regulations (EC) n° 606/2009 and 607/2009 taken for its application to the wine sector market ,and regulation 110/2008 on spirits.
The Protected Designation of Origin
For the other products including AOC ciders and perries, community regulation 510-2006 regulates the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO = AOP). Through this regulation, Europe adopts and adapts the same origin system for all the European Union countries.
The AOP is the transposition at European level of the French AOC for dairy and food industry products (apart from the wine sector).
As of 1st May 2010, regulation n°628/2008 on the protection of geographical indications and designations of origin for agricultural products and foodstuffs, mentions the obligation to mark the AOP logo on the labels for protected designation of origin products, such as Pays d'Auge cider and Cornouaille cider.