21 Nov

Italy:Olive Oil from Florence gets ‘DOP’ Certification

Florence, Nov. 20 – The Agriculture Ministry has issued a decree (eventually published on the Italian Official Journal) granting the ‘Dop’ certification (denomination of protected origin) to the extra virgin olive oil produced in the hills around Florence.

The ‘Dop’ certification will be granted to all the producers operating in the province of Florence and Prato.
As for the province of Florence, the municipalities of Cerreto Guidi, Vinci, Fucecchio, Capraia and Limite and Greve in Chianti (as well as some of the areas of Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, San Casciano and Barberino Val d’Elsa) are excluded. The ‘Colline di Firenze’ (Florence’s hills) mark can be applied on product labels starting from the ongoing harvest: the logo displays typical elements of the area at issue, such as cypresses, olive-tree leaves and Brunelleschi’s dome.

In order to be granted the certification, the olive oils must comply with specific production criteria: they must come from the area located within the borders specified by the denomination and contain, for at least 80pct, olives from trees of the varieties ‘frantoio’, ‘correggiolo’, ‘moraiolo’, ‘leccino’ or ‘pendolino’; their acidity must be lower than 0.5pct, their colour must range from bright green to yellow and they must have a fruity, relatively bitter and hot taste. All productions stages must be documented and bottling must take place in the production area.

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