Discover Italy’s PDO and PGI products to be protected in China

After more than two years of negotiation the agreement between the European Union and China for the mutual recognition of 100 PDOs and PGIs will finally see the light

It took more than two years of negotiation, but now the agreement between the European Union and China for the mutual recognition of 100 PDO and PGI products will finally see the light. The European Council has in fact authorized the signing of the agreement, which sees Italy at the forefront. With 26 PDO and PGI foods and beverages that will be protected on the Chinese market, Italy comes in first place.

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Once signed, the agreement must receive the final consent of the European Parliament before it can enter into force. China is the second largest market in the world for European agri-food products, with imports amounting to 12.8 billion euros a year.

PDO-PGI-Geographical Indications


This is the complete list of the Italian products covered by the agreement:

  • Balsamic vinegar of Modena PGI
  • Asiago PDO
  • Asti PDO
  • Barbaresco PDO
  • Bardolino Superiore PDO
  • Barolo PDO
  • Brachetto d’Acqui PDO
  • Bresaola della Valtellina PGI
  • Brunello di Montalcino PDO
  • Chianti PDO
  • Conegliano-Valdobbiadene Prosecco PDO
  • Dolcetto d’Alba PDO
  • Franciacorta PDO
  • Gorgonzola PDO
  • Grana Padano PDO
  • Grappa IG
  • Montepulciano d’Abruzzo PDO
  • Mozzarella di Bufala Campana PDO
  • Parmigiano Reggiano PDO
  • Pecorino Romano PDO
  • Prosciutto di Parma PDO
  • Prosciutto di San Daniele PDO
  • Soave PDO
  • Taleggio PDO
  • Toscano PGI
  • Vino Nobile di Montepulciano PDO

Among the 100 Chinese products that will enter the EU quality register are Panjin rice, several fine varieties of tea, and Chaidamu goji berries. The agreement provides for an extension of the list to protect a further 175 products four years after the agreement enters into force.

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