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Abbreviation for "Districtus Austriae Controllatus", the Austrian name for an area-typical and origin-controlled quality wine, which corresponds to the French Appellation d'Origine Protégée (AOP) corresponds. A related reorganization of the quality system in Austria was in the 1990s by representatives of the Viticultural Association, the Weinhandels, the ÖWM (Wine Marketing Service Company) and the Agriculture Ministry after long discussions. The aim of these efforts was and is to emphasize the uniqueness of Austrian wine and to strengthen its identity in order to assert itself against increasing competition from Europe and overseas. Similar to in France. Italy and Spain will be the ancestry taken more into account or brought to the fore. To illustrate the motivation, the difference between "Romanesque" and "Germanic" wine law is clarified.

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