Appellation d'origine protégée (Switzerland)

In Switzerland, the appellation d'origine protégée (AOP, 'protected designation of origin') is a geographical indication (see also Appellation) protecting the origin and the quality of traditional food products other than wines (wines have another label called appellation d'origine contrôlée, AOC, 'controlled designation of origin').

In 2000, the cheese L'Etivaz was the first Swiss product other than wine to obtain an appellation d'origine contrôlée. In 2013, the certification was replaced by the appellation d'origine protégée (AOP). The AOP logo is visible on the rind.

In the past, the appellation d'origine contrôlée certification was used for both wines and other food products. In 2013, to match the system of the European Union, the appellation d'origine contrôlée was replaced by the appellation d'origine protégée for agricultural products other than wine.

Geographical indications and traditional specialities in Switzerland

The appellation d'origine protégée (AOP, protected designation of origin) certifies that "everything, from the raw material to the processing and the final product, comes from one clearly defined region of origin".[1]

The indication géographique protégée (IGP, protected geographical indication) certifies that products were "either manufactured, processed or prepared at their place of origin".[1]

The appellation d'origine contrôlé (AOC, controlled designation of origin) certifies wines.


Appellation d'origine protégée (AOP)

  • Abricotine / Eau-de-vie d’abricot du Valais[2]
  • Berner Alpkäse / Berner Hobelkäse
  • Boutefas
  • Cardon épineux genevois[2]
  • Cuchaule
  • Damassine[2]
  • Eau-de-vie de poire du Valais[3]
  • Huile de noix vaudoise
  • Jambon de la Borne
  • Munder Safran[2]
  • Pain de seigle valaisan
  • Poire à Botzi
  • Rheintaler Ribel[2]
  • Zuger / Rigi Kirsch[2]

AOP candidates

  • Jambon de la borne
  • Grappa Ticino

Indication géographique protégée (IGP)

  • Appenzeller Mostbröckli
  • Appenzeller Siedwurst
  • Appenzeller Pantli
  • Berner Zungenwurst
  • Bündnerfleisch[4]
  • Glarner Kalberwurst
  • Longeole
  • Saucisse d'Ajoie
  • Saucisson neuchâtelois et Saucisse neuchâteloise
  • Saucisson vaudois
  • Saucisse aux choux vaudoise
  • St. Galler Bratwurst
  • Walliser Rohschinken
  • Walliser Trockenfleisch
  • Walliser Trockenspeck
  • Zuger Kirschtorte

IGP candidates

  • Absinthe de Val-de-Travers

See also

Notes and references

  1. "PDO-PGI briefly explained". Schweizerische Vereinigung der AOP-IGP. 2022. Retrieved 6 September 2022. AOP (appellation d'origine protégée) is a protected designation of origin which guarantees that everything, from the raw materials to the production process, comes from a clearly defined region of origin. Moreover, the product has to have been manufactured according to traditional methods.
  2. "PDO-PGI in Switzerland". Schweizerische Vereinigung der AOP-IGP. 2022. Retrieved 6 September 2022.
  3. "Register". Schweizerische Vereinigung der AOP-IGP. 2022. Retrieved 6 September 2022.]
  4. "Register of the Swiss designations of origin and geographical indications". Schweizerische Vereinigung der AOP-IGP. 2022. Retrieved 6 September 2022. Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) and Protected Geographical Indication (PGI)


  • (in French) Stéphane Boisseaux and Dominique Barjolle, La bataille des AOC en Suisse. Les appellations d'origine contrôlées et les nouveaux terroirs, collection « Le savoir suisse », Presses polytechniques et universitaires romandes, 2004 (ISBN 9782880746131).
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