An appellation of origin is the name of a region, a specific place or a country (hereinafter referred to as region) used for goods originating in that region, whose quality or other characteristics are essentially or exclusively given by a particular geographical environment with its inherent natural and human factors and whose processing, production and preparation takes place in a delimited geographical region.


Traditional geographical and non-geographical appellations are also considered as appelations of origin of agricultural products of foodstuff, provided that such goods fulfil other conditions according to the regulations in force.

An Industrial Property Office forwards the application after national Proceedings to the EU Commission for Agriculture and Countryside Development, that approves and registers the name according to the Council Regulation (EC) No 510/2006 of 20 March 2006 on the Protection of Geographical Indications and Designations of Origin for Agricultural Products and Foodstuffs. The name is then protected in the all territory of EU. This regulation does not apply to wine products and to spirit drinks except of vinegar.