The action is an initiative of two Greek historic Unions of Cooperatives
from the islands of Samos and Naxos and the most significant agri-food
sector body of Emilia Romagna region in Italy, representing cheese and
wines under the Quality Schemes of PDO and PGI.
The action will highlight the authenticity of the products and its
mission is to enhance the competitiveness of the specific PDO and PGI
products by increasing the recognition of PDO and PGI logos through
improvement of perception and knowledge of consumers about the products
and of Union's Quality schemes in general. The action targets four
markets of great importance for the products and the Quality schemes;
France, Germany, Greece and Italy.
The action unifies three representative organizations from two Members States (Greece and Italy).
Project Coordinator is the Union of Agricultural Cooperatives of Naxos.
The Agricultural Cooperatives Union of Naxos S.A. (EAS Naxos)
was founded in 1926 by a small group of producers of the island in
support of rural activities and cheese making with small quantities of
milk. Since then, it evolved rapidly increasing both, production and
products and constantly improving quality.
In 2014 EAS Naxos was transformed into a Rural Partnership - Societe
Anonyme, based initially on the 12 primary agricultural cooperatives,
who are also the Shareholders of the Company.
The experience and the passion of its people have made company's
products famous throughout Greece. Today there is a sophisticated dairy
industry, which is the largest in the Cyclades and is exclusively
producing traditional products.
Naxos Graviera PDO
Graviera from sheep milk
Other traditional cheeses
Fresh butter (Fresh)
Fresh pasteurized milk
The excellent quality of products that are made combining traditional methods and
modern equipment, have established the company in consumer preferences. The goal and everyday mission is:
The rigorous selection of milk
The exhaustive quality control
The best hygiene
Naxos has a lot of livestock farming, but also agriculture. About 4,000
dairy cattle, 6,000 cattle for fattening and over 120,000 sheep and
goats are bred on the island.
Most farmers and livestock farmers are members of the Union, who market
their products through EAS Naxos and source all the raw materials they
need from the
Production of Graviera Naxos is about 1000 tons annually with the vast
majority of the product consumed in the national market. The production
is carried out according to ISO 22000: 2005, ISO 9001: 2008 and AGROCERT
standards, with a state-of-the-art Laboratory, fully equipped, in
compliance with all Food and Hygiene Standards, to check on a daily
basis the raw material, safe cheese making, the maintenance of the
cheese products produced, as well as the provision of information to the
producers on Food Hygiene and Safety.
Agricultural Cooperatives Union of Samos (EOS Samos)
was founded in 1934 with the participation of 26 local cooperatives
representing all of the wine growers on the island. From the outset, EOS
was in a position to undertake the substantive task of protecting the
rights of wine growers in their dealings with wine merchants, since it
functions as a trade union. Since its foundation, EOS has been
harvesting grapes and crafting wine in two wineries located in the areas
of Malagari and Karlovassi, respectively. The Karlovassi winery serves
the vineyards of the villages situated on the northern part of the
island, while the Malagari winery, nestled a short distance from the
town of Vathi, serves the rest of the island, while at the same time
housing the Union's central offices. Visitors to the Malagari facilities
may also enjoy a stroll around the Samos Wine Museum which opened its
doors to the public in 2005 in one of the oldest parts of the winery.
Associated with document Ref. Ares(2018)6152806 - 30/11/2018
The vineyard of Samos is unique: 1,600 hectares of vines, rest
comfortably on their
terraced perches surrounded by the lush vegetation of this incredibly
The soil in these areas is deep, offering perfect drainage and forcing
the roots of the
vines to forage downward within the earth in pursuit of nutrition,
producing perfect fruit which will produce the luscious and tasteful
wines of Samos. In Samos, the white muscat grape reigns king covering
about 97% of Samos’ vineyards, with the remaining 3% shared by ritino
and fokiano - red grape varietals used for the production of rosé.
The EOS Samos is one of the oldest cooperatives in Greece and it is
included in one of the biggest wineries nationally. Samos wine is one of
the basic Greek wine ambassadors abroad, with exports all over the
world. Nowadays, 2.200 producers
participate in the Cooperative as members.
Since its founding, the EOS Samos receives the grapes and produces
exquisite wines from WHITE MUSCAT in two modern wineries in Malagari
(the capital of the island) and Karlovassi (the second biggest town)
with a total capacity of 20.000 tons. The average annual production is
approximately 50.000hl while exports constitute 70% of the production.
The Enoteca Regionale Emilia Romagna (ERER) is an
association that operates since 1970 for the promotion and enhancement
of regional wine heritage. That purpose was recognized in 1978 by the
Region of Emilia Romagna with a special law, called the Enoteca
Regionale Emilia Romagna "the most appropriate means to promote regional
wine in Italy and abroad". The association has over 270 members among
producers of wine, balsamic vinegar and spirits, public corporations,
trusts the protection and enhancement, sommelier associations
representing the region. For this reason the association has a global
representation, it diversified both in terms of proposals in terms of
quality, quantity and price.
It activates several initiatives on the national and international
territory, with the aim of raising the image and quality of
Emilia-Romagna wine. To spread the presence of Emilia-Romagna wine on
Italian tables are close relations of cooperation by the Enoteca
connected with trade associations, wine bars, restaurants, wine bars and
delis. Important strides have been made in trying to keep the wines
closer to the culture and traditions of the territory, through a strong
partnership with the different Consortia of regional products. To this
end, the Enoteca promotes and participates in several activities that
emphasize the synergistic combination of Emilia-Romagna wines other
Emilia-Romagna culinary excellence.
The main activities carried out by Enoteca Regionale Emilia Romagna are:
Exhibitions and workshops: participates in numerous trade fairs in Italy
and promotes meetings and information on Emilia Romagna wines for the
operators of the horeca and the trade of the markets of greatest
Communication: press office and media relations, website and newsletter,
development and management of image bank Enoteca Regionale Emilia
Educational and Press Tour: visits and activities for the knowledge of
the wines and the wine territories of the region addressed to the
operators of the ho.re.ca channel and to the national and international
Permanent exhibition: located in the evocative basement of the Rocca
Dozza, the exclusive seat of the association, it houses around 800
labels selected by a special tasting commission. The activities of the
Dozza headquarters since 2007 have been added to those carried out in
the new Enoteca at the Casa Artusi food and wine culture center in
The Main Message of the Campaign
In the Union Quality signifies authenticity.
The partners represent some of the most typical product of their
countries that are unique, authentic and come from regions where human
activity for their production is balanced with nature and tradition. For
this reason these products are part of Union's Quality System since
At these regions - the inheriting tradition is so strong and well
connected with the environment forming a sustainable relation that is a
guide for the future.
All these elements are part of the culture in the Mediterranean and
these elements that we would like to communicate to the markets.