Homework Question on French AOC System
- Frances’ three major growing regions of Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne are all unique from a geographical, cultural and wine making point of view.
- Choose any two regions and make a comparative study of the regions while making a case for the specific grape varieties grown in those regions.
Example: Why is Pinot Noir the main red grape in Burgundy and not Cabernet Sauvignon
The assignment should attempt to:
- Demonstrate a significant knowledge of the chosen topic (not just be a regurgitation of web based information)
- Offer a unified argument
- Include supporting evidence based on industry journals and organizations relevant to the chosen topic
- Be organized in a logical manner
- At the very least have correct grammer and spelling and at best offer lively and engaging prose!
Homework Answer on French AOC System
The French wine sector has major contributions towards the world markets. France established Appelation d’Origine Controlee (AOC) at the pinnacle of the Geographical Indications (GI) Pyramid as a legislative hierarchy in manufacturing wines. AOC provides regulations in order to control and monitor production and supply of wines. Through AOC, wines are manufactured under clearly defined small areas in order to pay close attention to details ensuring the wines acquired through maximum production techniques.
AOC also ensure procedures and techniques of manufacturing wines involve authorization of grape varieties. This regulation aims at manufacturing wines with quality standards capable of fulfilling consumers’ needs and wants across wide geographical areas (Ben 2014, p. 3).As a result, Geographical Indications (GI) has sought to formulate and implement mechanisms aimed at protecting wine production in France.
Vins Délimités de Qualité Supérieure (VQPRD) is a mechanism tasked in assessing the quality of wine. Conversely, PSR is tasked in ensuring the volume of wine produced increases. These measures collaborate with the French Ministry of Agriculture in order to add value in French wine production. As a result, all wine products are required to carry the AOC label. This however has not improved the quantity and quality of wine export shares. The export market asserts that, French exports have decreased in value and volume from 84% to 74% and 55% to 48% respectively between 1977 and 2001 (Ben 2014, p. 3).