Wines of Original Certification (VOC) are specific in that the grapes from which the wines are produced originate exclusively from vineyards that lie on approved sites of a given region. It is the winemakers alone who make the selection of vineyard tracts most suitable for the production of VOC wines. This strict selection of sites with a suitable soil composition is what gives to the wine its unique properties. Grape varieties most typical of the given region are included in the VOC system. Vintners assess the wines on their own through their proper associations, verifying the origin of the grapes and character of the wines to be selected for inclusion in VOC.
The VOC designation concurs with the so-called Germanic system for classifying wines into categories: quality, quality with special attributes, etc. The VOC trademark is the analogue of the appellation system used in other wine-producing countries, such as France (AOC/AOP), Italy (DOC/DOP) and Austria (DAC). Whereas the Germanic system determines the quality of the wine from the sugar levels in the grapes at harvest, the appellation (Roman/Latin) system concentrates on the presentation of the greatest number of possibilities of a given grape variety in the specific place of its cultivation.
WHAT DOES THE VOC LABELLING MENAN?
Wines from varieties typical to a given wine region.
Grapes come exclusively from carefully selected sites (individual single vineyards).
The wines will reflect the terroir of the region from which the grapes originate.
The assessment of wines is undertaken by the winemakers themselves (members of the authorised VOC association), who decide whether a wine complies with the VOC characteristics.
WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT VOC?
This is predominantly down to the specific natural conditions, unique soil compositions and declared origin of the grapes. All this, supported by the skills, care and sensitivity of the local winemakers, gives the VOC wine its specific and original character, which will not alter from bottle to bottle. The customer especially appreciates the fact that every year the VOC will be just as he expected. Wines of VOC manifest a typical nose and palate of the variety for any given wine region.