What is a Dop


Italian Food Heritage: DOP, IGP, STG

Italy features 20 regions, each of them with peculiar cultural traits, traditions and heritage.

With its 4,698 regional food specialties, Italy is the country with the highest number of typical food products.

Each food product in a specific area reflects the culture of the region where it is harvested according to seasonality, climate and local expertise.

In order to safeguard the origin of the product and biodiversity and the cohesion of the local communities, the European Union has established a certification process, according to the following scheme:

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DOP or Protected Designation of Origin – PDO: covers agricultural products and foodstuffs which are produced, processed and prepared in a given geographical area using recognised know-how.
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IGP or Protected Geographical Indication – PGI: covers agricultural products and foodstuffs closely linked to the geographical area. At least one of the stages of production, processing or preparation takes place in the area.
Logo 3STG or Traditional Speciality Guaranteed – TSG: highlights traditional character, either in the composition or means of production.

Today, Italy can boast of 270 – among DOP, IGP and STG – certified food specialties and 523 wines recognised by the European Union: numbers worth the leadership.

Gioielli Dop is pleased to promote Italian Food Heritage through a worldwide premiere: the first jewelry collection, entirely designed and hand-made in Italy, reproducing Italian regional food specialties.

Eat, live and wear the Italian way with Gioielli Dop!

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Ah, by the way. Italy is the country with the highest number of properties inscribed on the World Heritage List, preserved by UNESCO.