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the province of Foggia, all or part of the Communes of: Apricena, Cagnano Varano, Carpino, Ischitella, Lesina, Manfredonia, Mattinata, Monte S. Angelo, Peschici, Poggio Imperiale, Rignano Garganico, Rodi Garganico, San Giovanni Rotondo, San Marco in Lamis, Sannicandro Garganico, Vico del Gargano, Vieste.

An extraordinarily beautiful region, perched between the beaches and the mountains, old fishing trebuchets and high cliffs and the untouched natural surrounds of the national park of Gargano. Here the tradition of bread is based on the classic snack of bread and oil. Religious tourism and caminos on foot make it possible to explore the grand olive growing regions. These fields gave birth to the Dauno extra virgin Olive oil with Protected Designation of Origin, with Gargano Protected Geographic Indication. The land in the areas designated for specific production originate from the Lower Cretaceous period, based on a substrate consisting of white or greyish compact limestone, sometimes Dolomitic and sometimes with thin layers of marly soils or with nodules and lumps of flint in the westernmost part of the Promontory. Then there are some areas from the Upper Cretaceous period, with limestone which is more or less compacted, and sometimes more Dolomitic, greyish white or yellowish white in the western and central regions with a texture ranging from sandy-clay-limestone to clay-limestone with the presence, even significant amounts of calcareous skeletons.

Peak production from the olive groves for the production of P.D.O. Dauno extra virgin olive oil with Gargano, protected geographic indication, may not exceed 9 000kg per hectare for intensively farmed olives. The maximum yield of oil in the olives does not exceed 25%.

Dauno Gargano extra virgin olive oil for release for consumption should have the following chemical and organoleptic characteristics:

  • colour from green to yellow
  • fruity odour
  • fruity taste with a slightly piquant and bitter taste
  • maximum acidity 0.6%
  • Panel test score: >= 6.5
  • number of peroxides=<12 Meq02 /Kg
  • total polyphenols >= 100 ppm

Geographical indication

Related Regions


Cagnano Varano






Monte Sant’Angelo


Poggio Imperiale

Rignano Garganico

Rodi Garganico

San Giovanni Rotondo

San Marco in Lamis

Sannicandro Garganico

Vico del Gargano