DOP extra virgin olive oil: meaning, origins and characteristics

The Protected Designation of Origin marked with the DOP mark is a mark attributed by the EU to those foods whose characteristics depend and are directly connected with the territory of origin. These also include the DOP extra virgin olive oil from the Sorrento peninsula.

The DOP “Sorrentine Peninsula” trademark was recognized in 1998 at the end of a long legislative process started in 1992. The trademark, as required by European provisions, provides for the protection and certification of food produced on a specific territory and therefore also concerns the DOP extra virgin olive oil from the Sorrento peninsula.

However, the production of extra virgin olive oil in the Sorrento area only is not sufficient to guarantee the DOP marking as this recognition also provides for a production regulation which must be followed.

This Disciplinary provides, among others, also the prohibition of collection through the use of mechanical vibrators, admitting only the use of auxiliary devices for hand harvesting, such as shakers or burners.