protected geographical indication (pgi)
A protected-name category created in 1992 by the European Union for the agricultural products, foodstuffs, wine and spirits of member countries. The PGI category is not as restrictive as the protected designation of origin (pdo) category. Like those with PDO designations, PGI products must be produced in the geographic area used in the name, but all the production steps do not need to occur in that area. All that's required is that the item's characteristics are either a result of the geographical area, or that it benefits from a good reputation because of the area. Though PGI is the most common acronym for this designation, it's also known as IGP. See also appellation.
From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.