Visit a Parmigiano Reggiano cheese dairy
Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese is produced exclusively in the Provinces of Parma, Reggio Emilia, Modena, Bologna (west of the Reno River), and Mantova (east of the Po River). The farms where cows are raised on locally-produced fodder are concentrated here. Regulations forbid feeding silage (green field foliage crops that are fermented) or animal meal to cows whose milk will go into Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.
The quality and production conditions of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese are monitored by the Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese Consortium. The organization’s official site (https://www.parmigianoreggiano.com) furnishes a great deal of useful information covering everything from the production cycle to ways Parmigiano-Reggiano can be used in the kitchen.
The best way to know and appreciate Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese is to visit a cheese factory. In and around Modena, you’ll find a number of producers that offer guided tours of the entire production process, concluding with tastings of the “King of Cheeses.”
To reserve a guided tour:
Contact our Tourist Information and Services Office;
Make a reservation on the site of the Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese Consortium.
In the “Tasting Experiences” section of our site, you’ll find tours that last one or more days and include a visit to a cheese factory as well as intermediate stops to sample the other delicious products local to the Modena area.