INAO (Institut National de l’Origine et de la Qualité), the authority that controls all the French appellations, has recently approved two additional geographical add-ons for AOC Alsace. The two lucky ones are
- AOC Alsace Bergheim and
- AOC Alsace Coteaux du Haut Koenigsbourg.
Previously 11 geographical areas have been given this higher status:
- Côtes de Barr,
- Cote de Rouffach,
- Klevener the Heiligenstein (for the grape klevener),
- Vallée Noble,
- Val Saint Grégoire and
The total number is thus now 13 and no more areas are in the pipeline. Read more at lavigne-mag.fr.
These wines with a geographical indication are supposed to be a category sort of half way between a normal AOC Alsace and an Alsace Grand Cru.
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