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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
Month 2006 2011 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 ± % on
2020
± % on
2019
January 105.296 94.439 83.386 73.588 81.289 90.057 77.346 82.517 +6,7% -8,4%
February 97.822 78.625 79.391 70.176 78.422 79.255 70.969 73.068 +3,0% -7,8%
March 106.371 89.934 83.256 76.315 84.285 81.536 87.243 79.670 -8,7% -2,3%
April 83.102 88.611 76.624 68.285 72.342 83.335 94.585 78.859 -16,6% -5,4%
May 81.076 78.281 76.328 71.443 74.229 80.470 75.613 74.967 -0,9% -6,8%
June 67.351 73.206 64.502 59.394 58.861 56.347 78.802 66.242 -15,9% +17,6%
July 57.751 72.185 55.481 57.735 56.907 62.069 78.905 55.982 -29,1% -9,8%
August 65.984 71.765 54.971 52.227 62.035 55.176 67.728 51.720 -23,6% -6,3%
September 60.431 72.337 52.105 52.485 56.385 56.997 67.656 67.445 -0,3% +18,3%
October 82.064 77.826 58.305 66.050 82.625 58.444 73.214
November 84.161 80.335 62.207 71.308 84.477 64.568 71.567
December 99.392 90.402 70.120 75.570 90.732 70.314 81.737
Jan-Sep 725.184 719.383 626.044 581.648 624.755 645.242 698.847 630.470
% y-o-y ¹ -21,7% -0,8% -13,0% -7,1% +7,4% +3,3% +8,3% -9,8%
Total Year 990.801 967.946 816.676 794.576 882.589 838.568 925.365
% y-o-y ¹ -20,2% -2,3% -15,6% -2,7% +11,1% -5,0% +10,4%
Last Update: 10-11-2021
1) change from the same period of previous year , except for years 2006, 2011, 2016, where the change is from the same period 5 years ago
Source: Consorzio di Tutela del Formaggio Montasio
  = Min Production in the last 5 years
  = Max Production in the last 5 years