A history of a cheese
The Taleggio is a cheese of very old origins, perhaps anterior to the X century. Some documents dated up to XIII century refer to the commerce and the exchanges concerning our cheese, with other cheeses. Its origin area is the Val Taleggio, in the province in Bergamo, from which derives the name of the cheese. The inhabitants of this valley in order to preserve the exceeding milk, began to produce some cheese that, once seasoned in "caves" or in their valley farm, could be exchanged with other products or commercialized.
Because of the increasing of the Taleggio cheese use, its production is progressively extended in the Padana plan, for that reason many dairies started to operate, generally of small and average dimensions, which have succeeded in balancing traditional productive technology, substantially maintained the same one, with the technological innovations followed in almost thousand years of history.
Nowadays the area of production and seasoning of the Taleggio cheese is Lombardy (in the provinces of Bergamo, Brescia, Como, Cremona, Lecco, Lodi, Milan, Pavia), Piedmont (province of Novara) and Venetia (province of Treviso).
In order to confirm its tradition, the Taleggio cheese has been recognized as a DO cheese (Denomination of Origin) in Italy in 1988 and DOP cheese (Denomination of Protected Origin) in the European Union in 1996.
The Taleggio cheese is, therefore, one of the Italian cheeses whose peculiar characteristics are protected by the European Union, and it is for that reason that milk supplying, its production and its seasoning must be effectuated in the area indicated by the Italian and community legislation.