Appellation, or appellation of origin is simply another name for the place in which the dominant grapes used in the wine are grown. It can be the name of a country, state, county or geographic region called a viticultural area. A country, state or county appellation on the label means that at least 75% of the wine is produced from grapes grown in the place named. If two or three states or counties are listed as an appellation of origin, 100% of the wine is made from grapes grown in the place named. See also “viticultural area.”

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