Caseificio Vincenzo Quaglia S.r.l.
Dairy Number: CN903
Via Marconi, 2
12030 - Scarnafigi (CN)
tel 0175 74174 – fax 0175 74670
Today we meet Carlo Quaglia who tells us the history of his dairy, located in Scarnafigi but initially set up in the valley where the “Grana” river flows, between the Alps and the Langhe. An area which, besides the production of various PDO cheeses, also boasts excellent wines and an abundance of hazelnuts.
“There are not many Grana Padano producers like us left in Piedmont these days, and when the people from the Consortium come to see us, I always say they’ve reached the outer edges of the Grana Padano empire, using a reference to Roman history and the fact that we are right on the border. ”
In this dairy, in addition to Grana Padano, four generations of cheesemakers have been producing Piedmont PDO cheeses, including Bra Tenero, Bra Duro, Toma and Raschera, a range of typical local products with different characteristics that meet the needs of all consumers.
All Caseificio Quaglia products are PDO certified, made in accordance with strict production specifications and with milk delivered from neighbouring municipalities to ensure maximum traceability.
We know personally and have a direct relationship with the milk suppliers, who are actually not just suppliers but also friends because they were my grandfather’s and then my father’s original suppliers.”
The history of the dairy and that of Grana Padano have long been interwoven through all the changes that have taken place over the years.
From the white Piedmontese cattle breed that produced 2-2.5 tonnes of milk a year to the Friesian cow, which produces 15 tonnes of milk with different characteristics, resulting in changes in cheese production.
From the collection of warm milk in churns to the collection of cold milk in tanks.
From the skimming done in traditional tanks to computerized vats with a tap from which the milk is drained at different times so that, every morning, the milk is already skimmed to the right level and has the right fat content.
There has also been a change in the role of the cheesemaker: in the past he bore all the responsibility for how the cheese turned out, while today he is supported by technology, thus creating a link between tradition and innovation.
“These are revolutionary changes which only those who have lived through them can truly understand.”
In addition to the dairy, the Quaglia family also runs a pig farm, a bit like people used to do in the old days. And in this case, too, we’re talking about a PDO product because their hind legs are sold to make delicious Prosciutto di San Daniele ham.
Our thanks to Carlo Quaglia for sharing with us a fascinating bit of the history of our cheese!