The appellation of Origin Status
The appellation of Origin Control (French: Appellation d'origine controlee) is the system whereby the WTO grants certification to certain agricultural products such as wines from Bordeaux and Chablis, Champagne sparkling wines from Champagne region, Cognac etc, based on the concept of ‘terroir’ or traditional regional unique qualities.
Among Honkaku Shochu and Awamori varieties, Iki Shochu, Kuma Shochu, Satsuma Shochu and Ryukyu Awamori have been granted Appellation of Origin Status by the WTO.
This Mugi Shochu is produced on the Iki-no-Shima Islands in Nagasaki Prefecture
This Kome Shochu is produced around Hitoyoshi in Kumamoto Prefecture and the surrounding Kuma Area.
This Imo Shochu is produced in Kagoshima Prefecture.
Fermented with Black Koji and distilled using Okinawa's original method, Awamori is produced in Okinawa Prefecture.