Caseificio Dalla Valentina Srl
Via Stander, 1
37030 – Velo Veronese (VR)
This beautiful region hosts many interesting sporting and cultural activities, including the Lessinia Film Festival, which is beginning to attract attention worldwide.
Rural homes used to make their own cheese here in Vele, as most families owned a few cows for their own milk and cheese production. Some 70 years later, the fourth generation – children and grandchildren of the Dalla Valentina brothers – is about to take over.
One of the dairy’s key features is the seasonal cattle movement: in the summer the cattle moves up to over 1600 m a.s.l., usually from 1 June to 30 September. As foraging is influenced by temperature and by the amount of water in the wells, the cows’ welfare is monitored and guaranteed throughout the time spent at higher altitude.
Matteo, a young employee who is also Ezio’s cousin, is happy to leave the city of Verona in the morning and come up here to work, where the view widens to reach the lake, and in the clearest days one can even see the Apennines. The only sounds you hear outside the dairy are the sounds of nature. Nearly 35 years of age, he returned after a year and half working as a volunteer for an NGO in South America. Marco, another employee, left Milan for family reasons to live and work here. Ezio then introduces us to Giulio, the cheese maker, who has been working with him and sharing the secret recipe for perfect cheese for the last 23 years.
Finally, the point of sale is itself worth a visit, it offers a huge range of products, including Grana Padano PDO, Monte Veronese PDO and other typical local products, like alpine gnocchi, soppressa (local salami) and local wines.