The DOP (Protected Designation of Origin) is a mark of quality that is attributed to those foods whose peculiar characteristics depend primarily or exclusively from the territory in which they are produced.
Both environmental factors (climate environmental characteristics) and human factors (production techniques handed down over time, craftsmanship, know-how) that, when combined, allow to obtain a unique product outside of a particular area of production.
For a D.O.P. product is also the stages of production, processing and preparation must take place in a defined geographical area.
Who makes D.O.P. must adhere to strict production rules laid down in the specification, and compliance with these rules is guaranteed by the control.