What was the first official appellation in France? 

A. Margaux AOC, Bordeaux

B. Sauternes AOC, Bordeaux

C. Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC, the Rhône

D. Vosne-Romanée AOC, Burgundy


In 1936, Châteauneuf-du-Pape became the first Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée in France. In the wake of phylloxera and World War I, France’s AOC system was created to improve quality standards in that country. The Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC authorized 13 grape varieties to be used in the appellation, among many other regulations and specifications.

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