Appellation d'origine protégée (Switzerland)

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

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[edit]

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)[edit]


AOP candidates[edit]

  • Bois du Jura
  • Boutefas
  • Bündner Bergkäse
  • Huile de noix de Sévery
  • Jambon de la borne
  • St.Galler Alpkäse
  • Cuchaule, dossier has been transferted to the Federal Office for Agriculture the 22 April 2016

Indication géographique protégée (IGP)[edit]

IGP candidates[edit]

  • Appenzeller Mostbröckli
  • Appenzeller Siedwurst
  • Appenzeller Pantli
  • Berner Zungenwurst

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b (page visited on 9 August 2015).
  2. ^ a b c d e f g PDO Products,
  3. ^ PGI Products,


  • (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).