First Ukrainian Official Geographical Indication Goes To Authentic Ukrainian Sheep Cheese


Bryndza is an authentic sort of cheese, made by Hutsuls, the indigenous people of the Ukrainian Carpathian Mountains. It is made in summer on high mountain pastures from mountain sheep’s milk according to the traditions that date back to the 15th century.

Today Hutsul Sheep Bryndza became the first Ukrainian product to receive an official Geographical indication mark, as reported by the government Information Portal for Agricultural Industry. The Geographic Indication Certificate, issued by the Ministry for Development of Economy, Trade and Agriculture of Ukraine, meets all European registration requirements and is eligible for EU recognition.

A Geographical indication (GI) is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin. Famous GI examples are Champagne, sparkling wine from the Champagne region in France, or Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, produced in Parma and Reggio Emilia Provinces of Italy.

The production area of Bryndza cheese covers Zakarpattia, Ivano-Frankivsk and part of Chernivtsi region.