PROTECTED DESIGNATION OF ORIGIN
The Protected Designation of Origin is a certification trade of quality thanks to it the products are recognized not only in local but in outside markets. They are a driving force for the growth of a territory and tourists and visitors see it as a way of differentiating the products. This label guarantees the quality of a product by a distinctive set of qualities and its origin. In other words, it identifies products as originating from a specific region where a certain quality, reputation or other characteristic of the product is attributable to a region.
Thanks to these characteristics, the province of Jaen has three of them that guarantee the agri-food quality of their olive oils: Sierra de Cazorla, Sierra de Segura and Sierra Mágina.
In addition to the Protected Designations of Origin, Jaén has a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) that brings together all the extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) in the province. This is the first EVOO PGI recognized in Spain by Brussels.
The main objective of our Protected Designation of Origin, is to increase the value of the quality of the olive oil from Jaén in order to contribute to the reputation of the region’s image in the main markets for the olive oil industry EVOO.
This certification was created to protect consumers from fraud, to distinguish the producers and mills work that respect the origin of raw materials and operate in accordance to strict standards to obtain a quality EVOO.
The main difference between a PGI and PDO olive oil is the link to the geographical area.
Meanwhile PGI is awarded to agricultural products and foodstuffs closely linked to the geographical area, PDO recognizes agricultural products and foodstuffs which are produced, processed and prepared in a given geographical area recognizing production methods. Both PGI and PDO are complementary.