Our Parmigiano Reggiano is one of the world’s best examples of this prized cheese. It is made with milk from four small, family owned, dairies. It takes approximately 15 gallons of fresh milk to produce each wheel. Parmigiano is big business, most producers making hundreds of wheels a day. Maestri, makes only 36 handcrafted wheels a day and ages them 24 months, twice as long as required to receive PDO status.
Parmigiano Reggiano is one of the most imitated cheeses in the world and as a result, it has become increasingly regulated and protected. The name “Parmigiano Reggiano” comes with many strict rules about how and where the cheese can be made. To be sold as Parmigiano Reggiano, it has to be made in the Reggio Emilia, Parma, Modena and Mantua regions of Italy. It must be made with raw cow’s milk from cows only being fed grass with no silage, or other fillers. And, it must be aged for a minimum of 12 months.