The product you are holding is part of the DOP Foods of Italy (Denominazione D’Origine Protetta), meaning that it is part of the special local agrifood heritage that is protected by the State through a certification. Its ingredients need to be locally grown and it needs to be locally packaged.
Italian specialties get DOP recognition by following, step by step, a strict set of guidelines, therefore this certificate becomes a synonimous of quality.
This particular certification is the DOP “Monte Etna”, a blend of Extra-virgin Olive Oil that needs to be produced by using no less than 65% of Nocellara Etnea olives. This olive is a native variety of Sicily, in particular growing in the area of the famous Etna Volcano: Adrano, where this bottle comes from, is one of the most reknown provinces for this cultivation.
Etna oil is appreciated by experts and consumers for its organoleptic profile which, on the palate, is herbaceous, fresh, with hints of green tomato, sometimes with notes of fresh almond.