About Cheese / AOP Cheese

 

The AOP (Appellation d’Origine Protégée) label has been created in 1992. It is the European version of the AOC (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée) one, used in France. 



An AOP is subject to four criteria to protect the name of a product :
- Geographical are of production
- Specific production and ripening processes
- Traditional qualities and characteristics of the cheese
- Highly regulated quality control methods


France has 49 AOP cheeses :
Abondance, Banon, Beaufort, Beurre et Crème d'Isigny, Beurre Charentes-Poitou, Bleu d'Auvergne, Bleu de Gex Haut-Jura, Bleu des Causses, Bleu du Vercors-Sassenage, Brie de Meaux, Brie de Melun, Brocciu, Camembert de Normandie, Cantal, Chabichou du Poitou, Chaource, Chevrotin, Comté, Crottin de Chavignol, Époisses, Fourme d'Ambert, Fourme de Montbrison, Laguiole, Langres, Livarot, Mâconnais, Maroilles, Mont-d'or, Morbier, Munster, Coeur de Neufchâtel, Ossau-Iraty, Pélardon, Picodon, Pont-l'évêque, Pouligny Saint-Pierre, Reblochon, Rigotte de Condrieux, Rocamadour, Roquefort, Saint-Nectaire, Sainte-Maure-de-Touraine, Salers, Selles-sur-cher, Tome des Bauges, Valençay, Gruyère francais