Emilia Romagna
2.5 hours

White Modenese Cow Parmigiano Reggiano

Enter the cheese factory in Modena and follow the production of the legendary Parmigiano Reggiano. Discover how the world’s best-loved cheese is made. Taste different ages, including the unique organic White Modenese Cow Parmigiano Reggiano, a Slow Food Presidium.

What you’ll do

  • Learn how Parmigiano Reggiano is made in Ospitaletto
  • Reach the Caseificio Sociale di Serramazzoni for the cheese tasting
  • Take part in the vertical and horizontal tasting with 7 different ages of Parmigiano Reggiano (Friesian Cow and White Modenese Cow, a Slow Food Presidium)

Tour: 2 people. For groups of 3 or more people, ask for a customized experience

Price per person: from € 35

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What to expect

1. Parmigiano Reggiano cheese factory tour

We will start the introductory visit at 8.30 a.m. at the cheese factory in Ospitaletto (Modena). Here, our farms deliver organic milk and also milk from White Modenese Cow. We will discover how our organic Parmigiano Reggiano is made.

We will explain the special features of our organic mountain milk, characterised by unique aromas and an unrivalled taste. During the cheese factory tour, you will observe the processing of milk using artisanal methods. You will follow the “birth” of an organic mountain Parmigiano Reggiano wheel right up to the salting stage.

2. Parmigiano Reggiano tasting

After visiting the Ospitaletto dairy, we propose a guided tasting of organic Parmigiano Reggiano at the Caseificio Sociale di Serramazzoni (10.30 a.m.).

The vertical cheese tasting will propose different types of organic Parmigiano Reggiano with different ages (approximately: 17 months, 24 months, 36 months, 116 months or 126 months). On the other hand, the horizontal cheese tasting will propose the two types of Parmigiano Reggiano (Friesian cow, White Modenese Cow) in different maturities (116 or 126 months only from White Modenese Cow).

The guided cheese tasting will be accompanied by traditional Modenese foods: organic honey, traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena, water and a glass of organic Lambrusco wine.

Where Serramazzoni, Modena – 1 hour from Bologna and Parma
When Monday to Friday – Saturday and Sunday on request

Duration 2.5 hours

Start time 8.30 a.m.
Important information
  • We suggest that you wear comfortable clothing for the cheese factory tour
  • We recommend that you should be on time at 8.30 a.m. at the dairy for the beginning of cheese making.
What’s included
Visit to the Dairy in Ospitaletto
Visit to the Social Dairy
Guided tasting – Organic Parmigiano Reggiano and local foods
What’s not included Transport

Price per person:

  • € 35 – visit
  • € 38 – tasting
  • € 73 – visit + Tasting

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The Food Expert:

Our dairy farm has been producing Parmigiano Reggiano cheese for over 50 years and coordinates all farms involved in the production.

The organic White Modenese Cow Parmigiano Reggiano (Slow Food Presidium) is the flagship of the company. Since 2009, we have been producing just one wheel a day and it is the only one with organic certification.

Cancellation policy: all bookings for the Parmigiano Reggiano experience can be cancelled within 3 days from the start date of the experience. Read the Terms and Conditions.

Our dairy farm has been producing Parmigiano Reggiano cheese for over 50 years and coordinates all farms involved in the production: from the six farms where forage is grown and cattle are bred, to the cheese dairy where we produce our Organic Parmigiano Reggiano (it has been certified organic for over 20 years) and to the final stage of cheese packaging and sale.

Every day we produce 13 wheels of Organic Parmigiano Reggiano and 1 wheel of Organic Parmigiano Reggiano made only from White Modenese Cow milk (the Modenese White is a Slow Food Presidium): in the world, we are the sole producer of this Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.

Our farms, all family-run, are located near the villages of Pompeano and Selva of Seramazzoni in the Modenese Apennines. An uncontaminated location, between 600 and 800 meters above sea level, where respect for nature has always been very important and protection of the environment is a guarantee for healthy production.

White Modenese Cow

The White Modenese Cow is our native cattle breed in danger of extinction.

Because of its low productivity, it suffered a steep decline and, in the 1990s, it was even considered an extinct species; recently, some “Guardian Breeders” have been identified, allowing the repopulation of this precious historical species.

The White Modenese Cow produces between 9 and 12 litres of milk a day (a Friesian cow even 40 litres), but its milk has a particular beta-casein which is perfect for Parmigiano Reggiano cheese making. We will taste a kind of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese with a unique flavour and friability.


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