Have you ever heard about DOP food? What does dop mean? The acronym stands for Denominazione di Origine Protetta (Protected Designation of Origin), is a trademark of the European Union and indicate a food product with unique quality characteristics.
D.O.P cheeses are synonym of the highest quality. These gourmet cheeses originate from specific geographic areas, and their characteristics essentially or exclusively depend on a specific geographical environment, including natural and human factors, and are therefore produced and processed exclusively in that defined area.
48 Italian DOP cheeses make the Mediterranean peninsula the leading producer of DOP cheeses, followed by France, with 45 products.
Find out the peculiarities of some of these special cheeses and enjoy!
An itinerary through the beautiful Gruyères region, situated in the Fribourg Canton and home of Switzerland's most famous cheese: Gruyère!
Discover the flavor of Pecorino di Filiano sheep cheese, a unique sheep cheese bearing the taste of a special land.
The Parmigiano Reggiano and the Grana Padano are considered interchangeable in many recipes. Yet, they are quite different.
Grana Padano is one of the oldest Italian and European cheeses, but today, on the plains situated at the foot of the Alps, in a land crossed by pure rivers that descend from the mountains, it is still produced respecting the tradition.
Gorgonzola Dolce is an Italian blue-veined cheese produced in the Italian regions of Lombardy and Piedmont, delicious eaten as is or used in recipes.
The Caciocavallo Podolico is a semi-firm cheese produced using milk from a special breed called “podolica” indeed. Mainly due to the exceptional quality of its milk, it has entered the list of Italian DOP cheeses. Can't wait to taste it?
Castelmagno cheese is one of Italy's most ancient cheeses with origins dating back to the 13th century. In that epoch some farmers began to produce this cheese in the Cuneo mountains and used it to pay their local Seigneur for the privilege of letting them work his land.