Grana Padano DOP is famous hard cheese produced in the Northern regions of Central Italy. A large part of the production area coincides with the Po Valley, a very fertile area, rich in water and with a perfect weather for the growing of fodder; these features have always helped the breeding of cows and the production of milk.
Historical sources state that it is likely that the large availability of milk made monks find a way, around the year 1000, to preserve the surplus milk. The evidence of a cheese called Grana, date back to the XII century and refer to a hard and coarse cheese resulting from the processing of milk. Thanks to the success it had among the people, production grew fast and quickly. The durability helped its trade, making it a product known and appreciated all over the world. Today, Grana Padano DOP if one of the most appreciated cheese in Italy and abroad.
Production of this kind of cheese is done in a traditional way and it is strictly controlled; after eight months of aging, it is controlled by experts and is fire-branded only if it reaches high quality standards. However, Grana Padano DOP can be sold only after at least nine months of aging.
Anyone who visited Italy had the chance to enjoy it grated on a pasta dish to enrich the flavor. It can be an ingredient of many recipes, but it can also be tasted raw as an appetizer or at the end of a meal. It is a fine match with both red, white and sparkling wines.