cheese was lawfully recognized by the European Economic Community and registered in the list of the PDO products on June 12th, 1996 in accordance with the EEC Regulation n° 1107/96. A strict legislation defines the production standards and the PDO
area of milk collection, production, and aging, ensuring its quality and authenticity.
There are two varieties of Gorgonzola
– the sweet and the piccante (spicy)
– each displaying peculiar characteristics deriving from distinct production processes strictly regulated by the Standard Specifications
, issued by the Consortium for the protection of Gorgonzola cheese
, implemented by MIPAAF
(Ministry of Agricultural, Food, and Forestry Policies), and recognized by the European Community
Each cheese wheel is labelled with information about the cheese maker; the gorgonzola must be wrapped in goffered aluminium foil with the goffered identifying
marks printed all over the aluminium foil: without this identifying mark issued by the Consortium, the product cannot be considered Gorgonzola
A designated body, authorized by the Ministry of Agricultural, Food, and Forestry Policies
, periodically ascertains if producers comply with such requirements. A certificate of conformity may only be granted to those cheese wheels that fully comply with the standards mentioned above, thereby allowing the marketing of the product under the name of Gorgonzola DOP
The portions of Gorgonzola
sold in trays must carry the symbol of the Consortium with the appropriate number of authorization given to the producer and the packer as quality assurance.