A protected denomination of origin (PDO) is an official recognition given by the European Union to those food products made in a specific geographic area. Thanks to the region’s unique soil or weather, those PDO food products have a unique flavor and quality that are impossible to replicate if made somewhere else. Consuming products made under a PDO has many advantages:

  • Consumers not only benefit from a better quality, but also from a 100% guarantee of origin. They know where these products come from and how are they made.

  • Regulations applied to mass produced food products are not enough for products with a PDO. They must pass stricter quality controls in order to guarantee that they maintain the flavor and properties that make them so special.

  • Usually those products are made by local farmers that put quality before quantity, and they can get a fair price for their harvest.

  • Great environmental benefits: plantations tend to be small, so the impact in the environment is much lighter than that of intensive farming plantations. Also, the species cultivated are native, factor that improves the ecosystem and biodiversity of the region.

The region of Les Garrigues is about 70 miles away from Barcelona and the Mediterranean Sea. It has a special soil and unique microclimate that favors the production of an exceptional olive oil. Such qualities were inmediately noticed by experts in 1975, when Les Garrigues was granted the first olive oil protected denomination of origin in Spain.
The farmers and producers of Les Garrigues have always focused on quality before quantity, and the result is an extra virgin olive oil considered by experts to be one of the best in the world.