Origins and history

One cheese and its history

Taleggio cheese has a long history, dating back to before the 10th century. The sale and exchange of Taleggio and other cheeses is documented in some 13th century historical documents.

Today, Taleggio is produced and aged in Lombardy (around Bergamo, Brescia, Como, Cremona, Lecco, Lodi, Milan and Pavia), in Piedmont (around Novara) and Veneto (around Treviso).

As further confirmation of Taleggio’s ancient traditions, it was granted DO status (Denominazione di Origine, or Designation of Origin) in 1988, following a government decree (D.P.R. 15.9.1988). It was subsequently also granted PDO status (Protected Designation of Origin) in 1996, thanks to another government regulation (CE 1107/96).

Therefore, Taleggio is one of a group of Italian cheese which are safeguarded by the EU. This means that all aspects of its production and ageing – including the origin of the milk used – must take place within a strictly confined area which is regulated by Italian and EU legislation.