Denumire de Origine Controlata (DOC)

Definition - What does Denumire de Origine Controlata (DOC) mean?

Denumire de Origine Controlată (DOC) is the classification system of Romania which designates and ranks appellations within particular regions. It is connected with the geographical indications and the traditional means by which wine and certain foods are made. The Denumire de Origine Controlată wines, fall under those of high quality with a controlled denomination of origin.

WineFrog explains Denumire de Origine Controlata (DOC)

Denumire de Origine Controlată (DOC) is a quality designation for wines produced in Romania. It is similar to the ranking in hierarchy to other similar systems throughout Europe. If a wine indicates "DOC" on a wine label, this signifies a high quality wine with a controlled denomination of origin. By law, in order to label a wine as DOC, the grapes must have a minimum of 180 grams of sugar.

Under the Romanian DOC designation, there are also three additional tiers based on the sugar level of the harvested grapes:

  1. DOC - CMD: These grapes are harvested in full maturity with a minimum of 187 grams of sugar.
  2. DOC - CT: Indicates a late harvest with sugar levels at a minimum of 220 grams.
  3. DOC - CIB: Is referred to as "Noble Harvest" in which the grapes are infected with noble rot (Boytrytis cinerea) and have a minimum sugar level of 240 grams.

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