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Explore the Region of Valencia in search of the best Designation of Origin and Geographical Indication products. Quality, flavour and culture awaits.

Embarking on an exploration of Designation of Origin and Geographical Indication labels in the Region of Valencia promises to be a treat for the palate. Not only will you sample some fine wine and gastronomy, you will also gain an understanding of local producers' passion for creating something truly unique

The aforementioned labels are a guarantee that a particular foodstuff or wine is typical of a specific place and that its quality is directly linked to the area where it is produced. Keep reading to discover products boasting a Designation of Origin or Geographical Indication recognition and get ready to try some true delights. 

Designation of Origin foods in the Region of Valencia

A wide range of foods, wines and even liqueurs from the Region of Valencia fall under the Designation of Origin and Geographical Indication categories. Setting out to discover these products will lead you to lovely destinations with plenty to see and do. 

The Region of Valencia boasts a number of Designation of Origin (also known as the Spanish acronym DOP) olive oils. These are made using the native olives grown in areas such as Farga, Serrana, Morrudas, Villalonga and Blanqueta. Valencian rice, which is cultivated in the beautiful landscapes of Albufera de València natural park and a couple of municipalities in the province of Castellón, is another protected ingredient. 

Produce grown in the area has also been awarded designation status. The artichokes grown in Benicarló, for instance, as well as chufa, the tiger nuts grown in Alboraya that are used to make the refreshing drink of horchata. A museum has even been dedicated to the latter. And then there’s Mollar pomegranates from Elche, a town where you can wander through countless palm trees at the Palmeral, persimmons from Ribera del Xúquer, loquats from Callosa d’en Sarriá and grapes from Vinalopó. 

The cherries growing in Alicante’s mountains have been awarded a Geographical Indication (also known as the Spanish acronym IGP). When in bloom, the trees paint the most beautiful picture. The citrus trees in the province of Valencia and the nougat made in Jijona and Alicante are other products that have earned IGP status. 

Designation of Origin wines in the Region of Valencia

The wines produced in Alicante, Chozas Carrascal, El Terrerazo, Los Balagueses, Utiel-Requena, Valencia and Vera de Estenas have DOP status while Castelló has been named an IGP. Thanks to the highly diverse landscapes paired with (sometimes) native varieties and the tireless work of wine producers, the bottles produced in the Region of Valencia are of the highest quality. 

The wines are the product of delicious grape varieties and traditions that have been passed down the generations and expertly combined with the latest technologies. The best way to delve into this wine tradition is to visit the wineries themselves. Here you can wander around the premises and - of course - sample the vintages that taste of the local land. 

Last but by no means least, the Region of Valencia has four IGP designations - Monforte del Cid, Alcoy, Alicante and Sierra de Mariola - for liqueurs such as Cantueso and herbero, as well as others made of aniseed and coffee. Start planning your getaway today to have a little taste of everything.