The area of origin of Parmigiano Reggiano
An area that for over a thousand years has been devoting its efforts to producing one of the world’s finest food products: Parmigiano Reggiano.
The name already tells us a lot. However, perhaps not everyone is aware that Parmigiano Reggiano is made not only in the provinces of Parma and Reggio Emilia: The PDO (Protected Denomination of Origin) area also comprises the provinces of Modena, Bologna and Mantua. Not the whole of the provinces, however: In the province of Bologna, only the part to the left of the Reno river. In the province of Mantua, only the southern part, i.e. the part to the right of the Po river.
It is in this area that we find 3000 farms on which the cattle are fed with fodder produced locally, and it is these farms that provide the milk used to make Parmigiano Reggiano. The Parmigiano Reggiano production chain comprises about 335 factories that turn the milk into the exquisite cheese we’re all familiar with.
It is this close bond with a respected, protected environment that initially shapes the unique qualities that characterise the «king of cheeses». This area of the Emilia Food Valley is the only place the PDO Parmigiano Reggiano production chain can exist.
What does this mean? It means that every step of the process, from raising the cattle to ageing the cheese, can take place nowhere else but here. Thanks to its abundance of water and quality fodder, this area’s vocation has always been farming and food production.