The European Sustainable Wines campaign promotes wines with Protected Designation of Origin (PDO)


The Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) is the highest label of the European Union that recognises and certifies a distinctive quality in a product which is the result of its own distinctive characteristics, due to the geographic environment in which the raw materials are produced and the products are made and the influence of the human factor involved.

These products are regulated by European Union (EU) standards, which guarantee compliance with quality requirements apart from those demanded for other conventional products. These are voluntary schemes, and the products that meet these requirements are entered in an EU register and protected by intellectual property rights.


What types of Protected Designations of Origin are there?

Each country in the European Union has its own system for classifying wines with a PDO, although all of them have European regulations as a reference.

In the case of Italy, there are the following types of PDO (with their acronyms in Italian):

  • Protected Designations of Origin (DOCs)
  • Controlled and Guaranteed Origin Designations (DOCG)

In Spain, there are the following types of PDO (with their acronyms in Spanish):

  • Quality Wines with Geographical Indication (GI)
  • Designation of Origin (DO)
  • Qualified Designation of Origin (DOCa)
  • Estate Wine (VP)


Protected Designations of Origin within European Sustainable Wines

One of the main objectives of the European Sustainable Wines campaign is to promote and publicise European wine Protected Designations of Origin, showing the virtues, quality and characteristics of the wines, and how all this relates to their origin.

A total of 19 Protected Designations of Origin participate in this campaign (shown with their acronyms in Italian):


  • Under the Consorzio Tutela Vini d’Abruzzo consortium:
    • Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC
    • Trebbiano d’Abruzzo DOC
    • Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo DOC
    • Abruzzo DOC
    • Villamagna DOC


  • Under the Barbera d’Asti e Vini del Monferrato consortium:
    • Albugnano DOC
    • Barbera d’Asti DOCG
    • Cortese dell’Alto Monferrato DOC
    • Dolcetto d’Asti DOC
    • Freisa d’Asti DOC
    • Grignolino d’Asti DOC
    • Loazzolo DOC
    • Malvasia di Castelnuovo Don Bosco DOC
    • Monferrato DOC
    • Nizza DOCG
    • Piedmont DOC
    • Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato DOCG
    • Terre Alfieri DOCG


  • In the case of the Regulatory Board of the La Mancha Designation of Origin, it is:
    • DO La Mancha

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