KING OF CHEESE Emilia Romagna is considered by many as Italy's Greatest Gastronomic Treasure. In this experience, you will discover a local small artisan of the King of Cheeses dedicated to the highest quality product. The production of Parmigiano Reggiano, an icon of Italian gastronomy, dates back to over 800 years ago when monks discovered a way to preserve the cheese made from the local milk for lengthy periods.
Y ou will visit an award-winning Parmigiano Reggiano producer based in the hills between Bologna and Modena and one of the very small handful of producers making Parmesan from organic milk and milk from the Modena White Cow. This is a truly artisan producer making only 8 wheels of the finest Parmesan per day and supplying the world’s top Michelin Star chefs and most iconic delicatessens. This experience requires a very early start in the morning and is necessary to ensure that you see the entire process of making the authentic Parmigiano Reggiano DOP, from its humble beginnings as creamy milk supplied by surrounding dairy farms, right through to the glorious golden wheels of the final product which bear the seal of the Parmigiano Reggiano Consortium. We will break for coffee and a chat during the cheese’s ‘resting period’ and visit the beautiful Modena White Cows which have recently been saved from extinction. You will discover why the production of this revered cheese is limited to only a limited area in the Emilia Romagna Region and why its maturation times are so much longer than most other cheeses. You will also understand why this magnificent cheese can be stored and matured for several years having been made with only three ingredients and without any sort of preservatives. Finally, you will learn why each wheel is different and how the cheese is made in the same way as 800 years ago, without the use of modern machinery.
As part of your PARMIGIANO REGGIANO experience, you will taste the cheese at the various stages of maturation, including the maturations of over 40 months - exclusive to this dairy and subject to availability - and with your gastronomy guide, learn the basics of tasting the cheese using a complete sensory analysis. Your experience will be followed by a tasting of not only the Parmesan but the dairy’s own freshly-made Ricotta cheese and other local products as a light lunch. You will be accompanied throughout your experience by an expert gastronomy guide. This experience takes approximately 3-4 hours.
PRICE The price is €135 per person and includes: Guided tour of the Dairy w/bilingual gastronomy guideFresh ricotta tastingTasting of 3 different maturations of ParmigianoLocal product tastings, wine, charcuterie as light lunch Minimum 2 - Maximum 6 people
NOTE Discount applies for groups of 3 to 6. Please contact us for detail or simply chat with us.