Logo (since 1999)
Beverage Articles, News & Features Section



Chef working

  You are here > Home > Food Articles



From Amateur & Basic Cooking Classes to Professional Chef Training & Degrees -  More than 1,000 schools & classes listed for all 50 States, Online and Worldwide

Regionalization of Wines

by Liana Bennett

We hear so much about appellations and the laws that govern each but do we really know what an appellation is?  Well, it is simple - an Appellation is a defined geographical area where grapes are grown and wine is made. 

Although there are some appellations that do not have official status with a governing body, most do and have a set of laws that determine which grapes can be grown within the location, which wines can be made as well as specific viticultural and enological practices.  The laws are set from lessons learned about what grapes grow well in the area, which pruning methods help bring forth the optimum growth and what methods of winemaking produce the best products.  A big reason for these determinants is to help the identity of that area as a respectable wine region.   Appellations can be as large as an entire country or as small as one acre of land.  The smaller the land area, the more specific and stringent are the rules. 

The appellations of the US as called AVAs or American Viticultural Areas.  These areas are regulated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.  The appellations in France fall under the name AOC or Appellation d’Origine Controlle; Germany calls theirs VDQ; Canada – Vintners Quality Alliance or VQA; Italy refers to their system as Denominazione di Origine Controllata.  Look at just about any label and you are sure to find the appellation. 

From: The Beverage Alcohol Report - April 2006, Liana Bennett
The Beverage Alcohol Report (The BAR) was published on a monthly basis until May, 2006 compliments of Liana Bennett. Its main purpose was to further the knowledge, appreciation and general enjoyment of all alcoholic beverages. Your comments, questions and tasting stories can be sent to



FREE Food & Beverage Publications
An extensive selection of free magazines and other publications for qualified Food, Beverage & Hospitality professionals


  General Wine & Spirits Articles   |   The World Of Master Sommeliers   |   Resveratrol May Help Senior Mobility   |   Rosé By Any Other Name   |   Wine Drinkers Compendium   |   Wine Etiquette   |   Boxed Wines Eco Footprint   |   Aerating Wines   |   Appellations   |   Asian Lady Beetle   |   Barrels, Wood and Wine   |   Barrel Fermentation and Barrel Aging   |   Biodynamic Wine   |   Bottles for Wine   |   Bottle Stoppers: Cork or Plastic   |   Chardonnay   |   Corks - Put a Cork in It   |   Corkage Fees Uncorked   |   Decanting Wines   |   Deciphering Wine Labels   |   Essential Guide to Wine Touring   |   Hanlon's Razor - Wine Lists   |   Hybrid Grapes   |   Ice Wine, Wine Making in the Snow   |   In Vino Veritas: Wine Shelf Cards   |   It Was a Very Good Year   |   Lemberger or Limberger   |   Let It Breathe   |   Other White Wines   |   Phylloxera Vastatrix, Deadly Vine Disease   |   Poured with Pleasure   |   Practical Wine Tips   |   Pyrazine in Wine   |   Riesling Wines - A New World   |   Rose Wines   |   Terroir   |  Whines by the Glass   |   White Wines, Aromatic   |   Wine Anxiety Disorder   |   Wine Frauds   |   Wine and Your Health   |   Wine Labels   |   Wine Online   |   Wine Personalities   |   Wine Prices: The Invisible Hand   |   Wine Rating Scales   |   Wine Service Temperatures   |   Wine Snobbery   |   Wine Values  
  Home   |   About Us & Contact Us   |   Food Articles   |   Gardening   |   Marketplace   |   Food Links  

Please feel free to link to any pages of from your website.
For permission to use any of this content please E-mail:
All contents are copyright © 1990 - 2016 James T. Ehler and unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved.
You may copy and use portions of this website for non-commercial, personal use only.
Any other use of these materials without prior written authorization is not very nice and violates the copyright.
Please take the time to request permission.