With its PDO label, Herve cheese is even better placed to be an excellent ambassador for its place of origin! The European Commission granted it the PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) label in 1996.
This label protects “the designation of a product which is produced, processed and prepared in a specific geographical area, using acknowledged local know-how.”
To be able to be called Herve cheese, it must therefore comply with the following conditions: be produced in the region covered by the name Pays de Herve, use milk produced in this region, and respect precise specifications. The area covered by the PDO zone was set using the natural and geographical limits of the Pays de Herve: the Vesdre and the Ourthe in the south, the Meuse in the west, the Netherlands in the north and Germany in the east.