Mastiha is unique for more reasons than one, and is recognized and protected by important international bodies for its cultural tradition and natural exclusivity.
A Protected Designation of Origin Product
Like champagne, mastiha has been recognised as a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) product by the EU. This certification is held by the Growers’ Association in Chios, and recognises and protects southern Chios as the unique terroir of mastiha products and the original tradition of mastiha production (which is also kept free from all chemicals and additives).
A UNESCO-recognised treasure
The know-how of mastiha production has been inscribed on the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (ICH). The official UNESCO report acknowledges the worldwide significance of a tradition passed down from generation to generation and the local importance of communal practices around mastiha, which are instrumental in keeping the identity and memory of southern Chian culture vibrantly alive.