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The PDO is a Community-recognised mark of produce quality
Today, nearly all the olive-growing areas in Catalonia have, or will have, their extra virgin olive oils recognised under a protected designation of origin.

What is a PDO?
A PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) is a Community-recognised mark of quality certifying the origin of produce from a particular area.

PDO products have a reputation connected with their origin, and quality characteristics that are essentially or exclusively the result of the geographical area where they are grown and produced, taking into account the natural and human factors involved. The production, processing and making of the product takes place in the geographical area that gives it its name.

Catalonia has some excellent oils that differ in colour, flavour and aroma according to region. The olive variety, the natural environment, the features of the terroir, the climate, and the methods of growing and extraction are all factors that play a part in determining the personality of each of the Catalan olive oils.
Catalonia at present has five recognised Protected Designations of Origin for extra virgin olive oils: Les Garrigues, Siurana, Oli de Terra Alta, Oli del Baix Ebre-Montsià and Oli de l'Empordà