Map of Geographic Indications (GI) of Italian agriculture products, protected by the European Unions Food Authority in 2017

Map of Geographic Indications (GI) of Italian agriculture products, protected by the European Unions Food Authority in 2017

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  1. Here is a map of Italian agricultural products(food, wine and spirits) protected by the European Union’s food authority. It’s umbrella term is GI(Geographic indication), and they are divided for example into PDO, PGI and TSG.

    PDO is Protected Designation of Origin(*Denominazione d’Origine Protetta, DOP*), on the PDO the Finnish Agriculture Minsitry says:

    >[PDO]can be granted to a product that has been produced, processed and prepared in a given geographical area using recognised know-how. The quality and characteristics of such products are essentially due to the geographical environment, like a raw material produced in the area.

    PGI is Protected Geographic Indication, on PGI the Finnish Agriculture Ministry says:

    >The production of a product with a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) must be closely linked to its geographical origin in at least one of the stages of production, processing or preparation, giving the product a special character. This form of protection is suitable for products which have a good reputation and are processed in a specific geographical area using traditional local methods. Some of the raw material for the product can be acquired from outside the area.

    TSG is Traditional Speciality Guaranteed, on the TSG the Finnish Agriculture Ministry says:

    >The Traditional Speciality Guaranteed (TSG) protection does not refer to the origin of the product but aims to highlight its traditional composition or means of production. A product name that has been granted a certificate of specific character can be produced anywhere in the EU but it has to be produced according to the registered production method.

    This map is from 2017 and shows that Italy only has two TSGs, but according to Wikipedia, Italy now has three TSGs: Pizza Napoletana(Neapolitan Pizza), Mozzarella and Amatriciana tradizionele.

    As you can see, Italy is filled with different protected labels of origin, throughout the country. Italy’s food and agriculture history & culture is vivid, luscious and very respected.

    Protected wines follow a labelling from the “lowest” to “highest” protected:

    IGT, *Indicazione Geographica Tipica*: Typical Geographical Indication. These are wines produced in a specific territory within Italy and they must follow a series of specific regulations on authorized varieties, viticultural and vinification practices, organoleptic and chemico-physical characteristics, labeling instructions and so on. In 2016 there existed 118 IGPs/IGTs.

    DOC, *Denominazione di Origine Controllata*, controlled designation of origin.

    Some 329 different DOCs exist in Italy, which cover Italian wines from Sardinia and Sicily to the Alto Adige and Piemonte. Red, white, rose, sparkling, dessert wines and so on. Each DOC has its own rules about permitted grape varieties, maximum harvest yields, and aging requirements.

    DOCG, *Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita*, Controlled and Guaranteed Designation of Origin.

    The DOCG designation was created in 1980 as a response to “too many” DOCs. DOCG wines were created to be labelled the best of the best, seperating Italy’s best wines from good wines. There are some 74 DOCG wines in Italy. Most of these are in Piemonte(Such as DOCG Barolo, DOCG Barbaresco..), Veneto(Prosecco DOCG, Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG) and Toscana(Chianti DOCG).

    And there are of course “lower” classified wines, like table wines or “vino da tavola” which arent as regulated.

    Here you can read more about the European Union’s protected food and agriculture product labelling: [](

  2. Imagine how much pollution this shit creates just because a small town in the middle of nowhere decided that their century old type of bread is unique in the entire world and that everybody else must be forbidden to make it.

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