Definition: D.O.C. stands for Denominazione di Origine Controllata and is a set of Italian laws enacted in 1955 to protect the names, origins, production methods and characteristics of Italian food and wine. The purpose of these laws is to preserve the traditions and quality of Italian cheese and wine. The D.O.C. label should guarantee that consumers are getting the "real" thing, not an imitation of an Italian product.
Also Known As: Denominazione di Origine Controllata