The French and the AOC system with Gavin Quinney


In this series of videos, Gavin Quinney (the English owner of Chateau Bauduc) discusses wines and winemaking in Bordeaux.

Here Gavin explains what it’s like to make wine in the very regulated French system of the AOC (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée). Given that winemakers from the ‘New World’ (Australia and New Zealand for example) can do pretty much as they please, is it the AOC system a good thing for French winemakers?

Stephen Cronk
The author: Stephen Cronk

I became captivated with the world of wine whilst on a visit to the Barossa Valley during my gap year in Australia. I went on to join a London wine merchant and studied wine for several years before starting my own wine business at 24. I sold the business aged 30 and went into Telecoms for 15 years, during which time I began cooking up the plan to create Mirabeau.

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