The PDO mark
ASIAGO PDO: THE TRUE ASIAGO CHEESE
Protected Designation of Origin status (DOP in Italian, standing for Denominazione di Origine Protetta) is the best guarantee of excellence in a European agri-food product.
In the case of Asiago cheese, this indicates that the product’s qualities come principally from the geographical environment in which it is made, including natural and human factors, and that its production, processing and preparation take place exclusively in the area of origin.
This means that only cheese which is produced, matured, packaged and distributed in compliance with the Asiago DOP Cheese Production Regulations is “Asiago Cheese”. All the rest is just “cheese”...