Quality & Terroir

Red Chinon wine, which benefits from protected designation of origin (PDO) status, is a wine from the famed wine-producing Loire Valley of center western France. The links to terroir of the Red Chinon wine region deeply affects the wines that are produced there with the geology of each part of the region modifying the taste […]

Chablis wines — recognized for their purity, freshness, delicacy and mineral flavor, are produced in an area surrounding the small town of the same name in northern Burgundy. The Chablis region is renowned for its production of exceptional dry white wines. These wines may only be produced under certain rules as they are protected under […]

After nearly two weeks of assembly, the World Heritage Committee concluded its annual session on July 8, 2015, which resulted in two French additions to UNESCO’s World Heritage List: The production properties of Champagne and the climats and terroirs of Burgundy. France is now home to 41 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The first of the […]

French Minister of Agriculture, Stephane Le Foll, praised the historic step taken on May 21st in Geneva for the international protection of Geographical Indications. The 28 member states of the Lisbon Agreement decided by unanimity to extend the current international protection system of Protected Designations of Origin (PDO- also referred to as appellation d’origine controlée […]

Bleu d’Auvergne (Protected Designation of Origin – PDO) is one of the world’s best-known blue cheeses. Named after the central French region from which it originates, the Bleu d’Auvergne, made from cow’s milk, is milder in taste. Indeed, the balance that Bleu d’Auvergne strikes between the traditional potency of blue cheeses and the earthiness it […]

The French Food Quality Observatory’s purpose is to follow the efforts made by agribusiness to sell products with less sodium, fat and sugar. Its objectives: On one hand, it follows the evolution of the nutritional quality of processed food by market segment and on the other hand it strengthens the partnership between public authorities and […]

Terroir, a magical French word! French people talk about it all the time – how much terroir is important for the quality of a wine or a cheese, how a recipe is a recette de terroir … But what exactly do we mean when we use this word? Terroir is a mix between a geographical […]

In France, products like wines, cheeses, butters and other agricultural goods can benefit from seals of quality and origin. These applications have to be validated by public authorities and are then the subject of regular monitoring. Whether it is organic farming label, designations of origin, label rouge or traditional specialty, these seals guarantee to the […]

From September 28 to October 4, a delegation of American farmers from all over the United States toured several regions of France aiming to discover traditional French products and specialties. This “Terroir Tour de France” was an opportunity for American and French producers to exchange and improve their farming techniques. Special attention was also paid […]

Geographic Indications FAQ Q. What are Geographic Indications? A. A geographical indication is a distinctive sign used to identify a product as originating in the territory of a particular country, region or locality where its quality, reputation or other characteristic is linked to its geographical origin. Q. How many types of GIs are there? A. […]