Stelvio DOP

Stelvio DOP is a semi-hard, middle-aged cheese produced in the northern region of Trentino-Alto Adige specifically in the province of Bolzano, within communities located in the Stelvio National Park.


Stelvio cheese has origins in the region that date back to 13th century, the production process was so highly prized that the cheese was historically used as a form of currency in a some cases. The cheese has a cylindrical shape and weighs from 8 to 10 kg with a typical yellow-orange or yellow-brown colour rind. The cheese is compact, soft and elastic and has a slightly spicy and intense taste.

Stelvio can be eaten on its own and paired with local meats such as Speck dell’Alto Adige IGP, it is also often melted over polenta, and marries well with Pinot Nero dell’Alto Adige DOC.

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