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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 2003 2008 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 ± % on
2017
± % on
2016
January 102.288 101.215 86.602 88.296 91.193 83.386 73.588 81.259 +10,4% -2,6%
February 100.465 91.222 82.850 83.391 83.453 79.391 70.176 78.422 +11,8% -1,2%
March 114.181 93.991 87.773 94.218 96.508 83.256 76.315 84.285 +10,4% +1,2%
April 100.175 96.746 80.301 85.114 89.016 76.624 68.285 72.342 +5,9% -5,6%
May 99.065 89.377 70.606 93.524 82.645 76.328 71.443 74.229 +3,9% -2,7%
June 76.952 68.014 61.444 64.459 79.322 64.502 59.394 58.861 -0,9% -8,7%
July 85.146 63.481 59.715 62.877 62.688 55.481 57.735
August 74.019 64.911 55.136 60.590 63.447 54.971 52.227
September 88.287 64.234 53.064 68.808 59.631 52.105 52.485
October 92.585 81.533 59.558 81.191 65.561 58.305 66.050
November 86.217 80.175 61.282 77.790 69.354 62.207 71.308
December 105.654 96.800 74.238 88.080 77.416 70.120 75.570
Jan-Jun 593.126 540.565 469.576 509.002 522.137 463.487 419.201 449.398
% previous ¹ -5,7% -3,0% -13,8% +8,4% +2,6% -11,2% -9,6% +7,2%
Total Year 1.125.034 991.699 832.569 948.338 920.234 816.676 794.576
% previous -1,9% +2,4% -11,8% +13,9% -3,0% -11,3% -2,7%
Last Update: 02-08-2018
1) change from the same period of previous year
**: 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