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Quality Labels


The great heritage of Italian local products is enhanced with various quality labels, known and shared at a national and also European level.
This page contains a list of the labels you will find next to the products recommended by the Park Authorities and therefore complying with specific requirements, adding in this way further value to specific products and traditions that are already important for being maintained in such significant natural environments.


PDO - Protected Designation of Origin

European Quality Label

The Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) is granted to products which are produced, processed, and prepared in a given geographical area using recognized know-how.


PGI - Protected Geographical Indication

European Quality Label

In the case of the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI), the geographical link must occur in at least one of the stages of production, processing, or preparation. Furthermore, the product can benefit from a good reputation.


TSG - Traditional Speciality Guaranteed

European Quality Label

A Traditional Speciality Guaranteed (TSG) does not refer to the origin but highlights traditional character, either in the composition or means of production.

PAT - Traditional Agri-Foodstuffs

Italian Quality Label

They represent a calling card of the Italian quality agriculture. The label refers to all those agri-foodstuffs whose processing, conservation, and seasoning methods are recognized and have been used all over the involved territory, according to traditional rules, for a period of at least twenty-five years.

DOCG - Controlled and Guaranteed Designation of Origin

Italian Quality Label

DOCG (Controlled and Guaranteed Designation of Origin) is a label granted to wines that have been recognized DOC wines for at least 5 years, of "particular quality value" and known at a national and international level. These wines undergo stricter controls, must be sold in bottles with a capacity of less than 5 liters, and bear a State label guaranteeing their origin and quality, as well as giving the possibility to number the bottles.

DOC - Controlled Designation of Origin

Italian Quality Label

After the 1992 enforcement of the European labels PDO, PGI, and TSG, this quality certification system has been exclusively used to distinguish quality wines. The DOC label is granted to wines produced in usually small or medium-size holdings and bearing their geographical name. Usually, the vine name follows the DOC name and the production discipline is rather strict. DOC wines are commercialized only after undergoing thorough chemical and sensorial analyses.

IGT - Typical Geographical Indication

Italian Quality Label

After 1992, also this label has been reserved to wines characterized by a geographical designation, which can be completed or not by further remarks (regarding for instance the vine). It is characterized by generally large production areas and by a less restrictive discipline than the previous ones.

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BIO - Organic Farming Label

European Quality Label

Consumers buying products bearing the EU logo can be confident that:
   - at least 95% of the product's ingredients of agricultural origin have been organically produced;
   - the product complies with the rules of the official inspection scheme;
   - the product has come directly from the producer or preparer in a sealed package;
   - the product bears the name of the producer, the preparer or vendor and the name or code of the inspection body.

Slow Food

Slow Food Presidia

The Presidia support small extraordinary but threatened products, enhancing territories, recovering traditional professions and working techniques, saving from extinction autochthonous breeds and ancient varieties of fruit and vegetables. The Presidia directly involve producers, offer help to improve the quality of the products, and promote exchanges between different Countries, looking for new markets (both local and international).