Appellation d'Origine Protégée (Protected Designation of Origin)

The Appellation d’Origine Protégée (AOP) recognizes a level of quality granted uniquely to typical products, deeply rooted in a region that gives it a specific character and an inimitable flavor. The AOP label guarantees the authenticity of products made according to traditional know-how.

Le Gruyère AOP was granted its AOC (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée) in 2001. This designation has been recognized at European level since December 2011. Its denomination was changed to “Appellation d’Origine Protégée”. The entire production is regulated according to the AOP specifications, which are fundamental to any AOP. Several other agreements protect the use of the name "Gruyère" in various countries throughout the world.

To be AOP you have to have:
  • a tradition
  • a limited production zone
  • a name
  • a savoir-faire and a history
  • a product

Le Gruyère AOP production zone


Zone de production du Gruyère AOP

Le Gruyère AOP owes its name to the region of Gruyère, in the canton of Fribourg, in Switzerland. It has been produced according to the same traditional recipe since 1115. Nowadays, it is made in the cantons of Fribourg, Vaud, Neuchâtel, and Jura, and in a few municipalities of the canton of Bern.