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Asiago cheese "Product of the mountain", Italy

On this page, you will find the monthly data for Asiago PDO Product of the Mountain Production. The minimum aging of Asiago which bears the words "Mountain Product" is 90 days from the last day of production for SEASONED Asiago and 30 days from production for FRESH Asiago.
 
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Sanctioned by the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies, Asiago cheese was the first Italian P.D.O. (Protected Designation of Origin) product to also bear the title of "Prodotto della Montagna" (Mountain Product). This status is reserved for cheeses whose entire production process takes place within the mountain area, at an altitude of at least 600 metres above sea level.

As such, Asiago "Prodotto della montagna" is only produced by a small number of cheesemakers (i.e. alpine dairies and malghe - barns where cheese is made) working in parallel with the Protected Designation of Origin system.

The result is the Seasoned Asiago, with a minimum maturation period of 90 days, and the Fresh Asiago, with a maturation period of at least 30 days.

The distinct local identity of this product runs deeper than just having "Prodotto della montagna" stamped onto its rind: it is present in its origins, its ties with traditional alpine farming and the special qualities of the cheese itself.
Laced with evenly-distributed mid-sized holes, in terms of appearance the Seasoned Asiago "Prodotto della montagna" particularly stands out for its straw-yellow, almost amber, shade.
Its aroma is intense, spicy and aromatic, these notes deriving from the herb-rich grassland that the cows used for this cheese live on, such as Lady's Mantle and German gentian.
With its rich flavour and crumbly texture, the various gradations of saltiness, sweetness, and sourness are delicately balanced with a hint of underlying bitterness.

Thanks to its reputation for excellence and distinction, the price of this particular product tends to be higher than other cheeses produced in the same geographical area.
Productions of this type of cheese are recorded annually, taking the characteristics of the area of origin into account, by the Consortium for the Protection of Asiago Cheese.
The total volume of Asiago produced can be found on the production page.

Consorzio Tutela Formaggio Asiago





Asiago PDO Product of the Mountain »

FRESH Asiago PDO Product of the Mountain Production
N. of wheels  
Month 2010 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 ± % on
2019
± % on
2018
January 2.136 1.695 3.457 3.365 2.792 3.036 3.254 +7,2% +16,5%
February 1.633 1.694 2.816 2.060 2.855 3.898 3.541 -9,2% +24,0%
March 2.139 2.071 2.247 2.444 3.641 3.428 2.990 -12,8% -17,9%
April 2.047 2.118 2.258 2.816 3.010 2.933 2.989 +1,9% -0,7%
May 2.217 1.826 2.301 5.077 3.562 3.312
June 1.930 3.138 2.474 2.796 2.392 2.850
July 985 2.037 4.115 3.458 3.436 2.644
August 1.354 2.688 3.922 3.005 3.931 3.808
September 2.198 3.256 3.778 3.048 4.013 3.495
October 1.859 2.063 1.684 3.055 3.298 3.919
November 1.740 2.737 1.891 2.260 3.137 3.133
December 1.130 3.037 3.326 2.946 2.482 2.174
Jan-Apr 7.955 7.578 10.778 10.685 12.298 13.295 12.774
% y-o-y ¹ - -4,7% +42,2% -0,9% +15,1% +8,1% -3,9%
Total Year 21.368 28.360 34.269 36.330 38.549 38.630
% y-o-y ¹ - +32,7% +20,8% +6,0% +6,1% +0,2%
Last Update: 25-05-2020
1) change from the same period of previous year , except for year 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 Tutela Formaggio Asiago
  = Min Production in the last 5 years
  = Max Production in the last 5 years
SEASONED Asiago PDO Product of the Mountain Production
N. of wheels  
Month 2010 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 ± % on
2019
± % on
2018
January 101 2.462 1.311 1.691 1.827 1.589 1.538 -3,2% -15,8%
February 100 2.383 1.880 2.140 1.913 1.199 1.811 +51,0% -5,3%
March 23 2.101 2.004 2.430 3.384 1.493 2.714 +81,8% -19,8%
April 68 1.800 2.103 2.159 2.624 2.028 3.158 +55,7% +20,4%
May 91 1.812 2.525 1.984 2.724 2.312
June 680 2.453 2.281 2.252 2.701 1.525
July 1.485 3.665 2.699 2.937 3.694 1.096
August 1.303 2.516 2.839 2.937 2.637 2.914
September 1.775 1.587 2.939 3.020 2.861 3.318
October 1.953 1.790 3.289 1.029 785 2.458
November 517 600 1.571 1.985 938 816
December 68 1.272 1.328 1.042 1.435 1.859
Jan-Apr 292 8.746 7.298 8.420 9.748 6.309 9.221
% y-o-y ¹ - +2.895,2% -16,6% +15,4% +15,8% -35,3% +46,2%
Total Year 8.164 24.441 26.769 25.606 27.523 22.607
% y-o-y ¹ - +199,4% +9,5% -4,3% +7,5% -17,9%
Last Update: 25-05-2020
1) change from the same period of previous year , except for year 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 Tutela Formaggio Asiago
  = Min Production in the last 5 years
  = Max Production in the last 5 years
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