What is an AOC?
An Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) is a French label identifying a product whose various stages of manufacturing (production and processing) are carried out in the same geographical area and according to recognised know-how. The concept was born in 1905, but it was not until 1935 that a legislative decree created the Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée. The first AOC status was awarded on 15 May 1936. The Calvados Pays d’Auge became an AOC in 1942. Today there are 3 AOCs for Calvados: Calvados (1984), Calvados Pays d’Auge and Calvados Domfrontais (1997).