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The struggle to recover from phylloxera and economic crises led to the growth of regulation over wine and vineyards. The French system of appellations of origin (AOC), and the others around the world that have been based (in part at least) upon it, stemmed from a desire to combat fraud. This took the form of passing off ordinary wine under great names, and in adulterating wine. Riots in Champagne in 1911, against wine from outside the region being sold as champagne, were but the most dramatic in a series of protests. After World War I the French government put the AOC system in place. This guarantees authenticity and controls quality. Grape varieties, vineya d boundaries, pruning methods-everything is subject to regulation.

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