Fattoria Rossi, Montecavolo, Italy

One of our favorite excursions was a visit to the “cheese” farm, Fattoria di Rossi, in Montecavolo. One of my favorite food groups… cheese!

IMG_2526And so you know, fattoria means farm in Italian, which is seems a fitting translation. This family-run dairy farm also features vineyards, honeybees, preserves and traditional cured meats so you can take home a sampling of all their goodies.

Located at Via Giacomo Leopardi, 18, 42020 Montecavolo, Emilia-Romagna, Italy, their website is: http://www.fattoriarossi.it/ so you can plan your visit. Along the way…

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IMG_2495We also had plans to visit the renowned balsamic vinegar producer, Venturini Baldini, but their gates were closed, so no visit for us!

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IMG_2498But we were more than happy to get some of the local vinegar from Fattoria di Rossi.

IMG_2500Here’s the main entrance of their charming farm store.

IMG_2501I love the touches of the farm’s history featured in artistic ways.

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IMG_2507It takes some muscle and putting your shoulder into the hoop of cheese to split it.

IMG_2508Samples are heaped about to lure visitors to taste and buy

IMG_2510Family history…

IMG_2511They house 4,000 hoops of cheese and it smells like cheese heaven!

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IMG_2525This is how they used to make the cheese over fire

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IMG_2538Honeybee on blooming rosemary

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IMG_2549The dairy and hay barns

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IMG_2583This is a popular stop! The room quickly filled up and we had to patiently wait our turn. (note: be patient and eat more samples – smiles help). A tour bus had arrived and they all wanted a bit of everything. They vacuum seal the cheese so you can travel with it legally. However, you can NOT bring meat back to the U.S., so buy enough that you can eat while there.

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IMG_5448Our purchases included lots of cheese, some fresh milk, farm made yogurt, and local balsamic vinegar.

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IMG_2594Visitors can see the Holstein cows in the barn…

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IMG_2601And there were several newborn calves the day we were there.

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IMG_2623Their bee hives

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IMG_2608Hope you enjoyed our day at the farm! We will be enjoying their cheese for months to come.

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