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!
Provolone is a semi-hard cheese originated in Southern Italy, although day it is a typical and exclusive product of Valpadana whereas it almost disappeared in the Southern regions.
Cheddar is a hard cheese made from cow's milk, semi-cooked and pressed. Very popular throughout the English-speaking world, it is appreciated worldwide.
Pecorino di Filiano is a hard DOP cheese, made from whole sheep's milk in the province of Potenza, in the South of Italy.
Grana Padano is a hard grating cheese produced in the Po Valley, a symbol of the Italian gastronomic prodcution all over the world.
Pecorino is the oldest cheese in Sicily and, most likely, Europe. It is produced on the whole island and has been recognized with the DOP status. Discover more on this amazing Italian cheese.
Fontina is a DOP cheese produced in the North Italian region of Valle d'Aosta, from raw whole milk of the local breed cow (Valdostana).
Brie cheese AOC is a semi-fat cow French soft cheese hailing from the current department of Seine-et-Marne and it takes its name from the homonymous territory east of Paris.
Taleggio is a DOP Italian soft cheese from Lombardy belonging to the Stracchino cheese family. Its name comes from the valley near Bergamo it hails from.
Camembert is a French soft cheese with a typical white rind, made from raw or pasteurized cow's milk. Camembert is definitely one of the most popular French cheeses. Buy it online!