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Italy: Montasio Cheese Production

Please find hereafter historical data related to Italian production quantities of Montasio cheese, a P.D.O. (Protected Designation of Origin) product .

Production figures are represented, in the given period, on the table and the graph here below.
N.B.:

Montasio cheese derives its name from the Montasio mountain range in the Friuli region of Italy. It was first made during the 13 century at a monastery in the Giulia Alps.

Today, Montasio is widely produced throughout the Friuli region, and it is made in compliance with strict requirements. The production area is limited to Friuli (north of Venice), in the provinces of Belluno and Treviso (East Veneto) and to some areas near Padua and Venice

The branding of the cheese with the trademark of the Consorzio per la Tutela del Formaggio Montasio (Consortium for the Protection of Montasio Cheese) guarantees its country origin, the high quality of the fresh raw milk as well as compliance with the original manufacture process .

Asiago is semi-hard, cooked cheese and is produced with fresh milk. It has a cylindrical shape in a range of 5/9 kg and the rind is 6 to 10 cm .

Its taste varies depending by the ripening period , from smooth to a mellow and aromatic.:

There are three types of Montasio:
  • Montasio Fresco (fresh), aged for 2 to 5 months;
  • Montasio Semistagionato o mezzano (middle) aged for 5 to 10 months;
  • Montasio Vecchio (mature) aged over 10 months
Production of Montasio
Number of wheels  
Month 2004 2009 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 ± % on
2018
± % on
2017
January 104.301 101.699 88.296 91.193 83.386 73.588 81.289 90.057 +10,8% +22,4%
February 96.307 91.547 83.391 83.453 79.391 70.176 78.422 79.255 +1,1% +12,9%
March 101.278 97.270 94.218 96.508 83.256 76.315 84.285 81.536 -3,3% +6,8%
April 84.577 89.547 85.114 89.016 76.624 68.285 72.342 83.335 +15,2% +22,0%
May 86.087 84.130 93.524 82.645 76.328 71.443 74.229
June 73.057 73.968 64.459 79.322 64.502 59.394 58.861
July 72.616 73.098 62.877 62.688 55.481 57.735 56.907
August 76.243 70.511 60.590 63.447 54.971 52.227 62.035
September 78.841 80.869 68.808 59.631 52.105 52.485 56.385
October 85.001 91.382 81.191 65.561 58.305 66.050 82.625
November 90.709 92.025 77.790 69.354 62.207 71.308 84.477
December 111.769 102.612 88.080 77.416 70.120 75.570 90.732
Jan-Apr 386.463 380.063 351.019 360.170 322.657 288.364 316.338 334.183
% y-o-y ¹ -21,3% -1,7% -7,6% +2,6% -10,4% -10,6% +9,7% +5,6%
Total Year 1.060.786 1.048.658 948.338 920.234 816.676 794.576 882.589
% y-o-y ¹ -17,2% -1,1% -9,6% -3,0% -11,3% -2,7% +11,1%
Last Update: 10-06-2019
1) change from the same period of previous year , except for years 2004, 2009, 2014, where the change is from the same period 5 years ago
**: Adjusted for months of 30 days (Ex. The calculation of the production change of June compared to May is obtained by considering [June production] compared to [May production : 31 x 30])
Source: Consorzio di Tutela del Formaggio Montasio
  = Min Production in the last 5 years
  = Max Production in the last 5 years