What in the world is DOP?

PDO (Protected Designation of Origin)- in italian DOP – is a brand of origin that si given – usually by law- to those aliments whose peculiar quality characteristics depend essentially or esclusively on the territory where they are produced.

The geographical environment includes natural factors( climate, environmental characteristics), and human ones (production techniques hand down in time, hand work, savoir-faire), that, put together consent to get an original product at the outside of a determined productive zone.

For a product to be a PDO, the production phases, the transformation and elaboration have to happen in a delimited geographical area. Those who do PDO products have to attend to the rigid productive rules established by the production disciplinary, and the respect of these rules is guaranteed by a specific control authority.