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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 2005 2010 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 ± % on
2019
± % on
2018
January 110.272 100.318 91.193 83.386 73.588 81.289 90.057 77.346 -14,1% -4,9%
February 97.777 94.337 83.453 79.391 70.176 78.422 79.255 70.969 -10,5% -9,5%
March 111.009 98.111 96.508 83.256 76.315 84.285 81.536 87.243 +7,0% +3,5%
April 101.627 89.489 89.016 76.624 68.285 72.342 83.335 94.585 +13,5% +30,7%
May 95.030 72.254 82.645 76.328 71.443 74.229 80.470 75.613 -6,0% +1,9%
June 89.786 64.055 79.322 64.502 59.394 58.861 56.347 78.792 +39,8% +33,9%
July 86.435 58.009 62.688 55.481 57.735 56.907 62.069
August 75.955 66.328 63.447 54.971 52.227 62.035 55.176
September 73.998 64.025 59.631 52.105 52.485 56.385 56.997
October 88.360 67.512 65.561 58.305 66.050 82.625 58.444
November 85.121 79.484 69.354 62.207 71.308 84.477 64.568
December 96.319 87.776 77.416 70.120 75.570 90.732 70.314
Jan-Jun 605.501 518.564 522.137 463.487 419.201 449.428 471.000 484.548
% y-o-y ¹ -6,2% -14,4% +0,7% -11,2% -9,6% +7,2% +4,8% +2,9%
Total Year 1.111.689 941.698 920.234 816.676 794.576 882.589 838.568
% y-o-y ¹ -6,0% -15,3% -2,3% -11,3% -2,7% +11,1% -5,0%
Last Update: 04-09-2020
1) change from the same period of previous year , except for years 2005, 2010, 2015, 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