One of our favorite excursions was a visit to the “cheese” farm, Fattoria di Rossi, in Montecavolo. One of my favorite food groups… cheese!
And 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…
We also had plans to visit the renowned balsamic vinegar producer, Venturini Baldini, but their gates were closed, so no visit for us!
But we were more than happy to get some of the local vinegar from Fattoria di Rossi.
Here’s the main entrance of their charming farm store.
I love the touches of the farm’s history featured in artistic ways.
It takes some muscle and putting your shoulder into the hoop of cheese to split it.
Samples are heaped about to lure visitors to taste and buy
They house 4,000 hoops of cheese and it smells like cheese heaven!
This is how they used to make the cheese over fire
Honeybee on blooming rosemary
The dairy and hay barns
This 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.
Our purchases included lots of cheese, some fresh milk, farm made yogurt, and local balsamic vinegar.
Visitors can see the Holstein cows in the barn…
And there were several newborn calves the day we were there.
Their bee hives
Hope you enjoyed our day at the farm! We will be enjoying their cheese for months to come.