Grana Padano PDO

Production Area

Share On


Grana Padano PDO is a hard cooked cheese that undergoes a slow ripening process. It is produced from raw cow’s milk originating from cows that are milked no more than twice a day, and which are fed with green or preserved fodder from the production area.

Production Method

The milk is partially skimmed through the natural separation of the cream, at a temperature of 8-20°C. The milk is then put into copper or copper-lined boilers with a characteristic upside down bell-shape. A natural whey starter is added and the milk, heated to a temperature of 31-33 C°, curdles with the addition of calf rennet. The curd is broken with a curd knife before starting the agitation and cooking process, which is terminated when the temperature reaches 53-56°C. The cheese mass settles on the bottom of the boiler and is left to rest for a maximum of 70 minutes, during which time it firms up and the whey is expelled. It is then lifted from the boiler with the aid of a wooden shovel and towel (schiavino), and cut into two equal parts, the so-called forme gemelle (twin wheels). Each part is wrapped in a linen cloth and removed from the boiler onto the finishing table. The forms are placed in molds for at least 48 hours, which imprint the cheese with the marks of origin; this is followed by brining for 14 to 30 days. After the rounds have been dried in the so-called hot room or in heated areas, they are left to ripen for a minimum of 9 months to over 20. At the end of the eighth month, the cheese is submitted to a series of product tests, after which it is fire-branded, or if the cheese does not possess the obligatory characteristics specified in the product specification, the marks of origin imprinted by the mold are removed by “shaving”.

Appearance and Flavour

Grana Padano PDO is cylindrical and has a thick smooth rind with a dark to natural golden-yellow colour. The cheese is fine-grained and ranges from white to straw yellow in colour, with barely visible eyes. The aroma is fragrant and it has a delicate flavour.

Production Area

The production area of Grana Padano PDO is within the territory of the provinces of Alessandria, Asti, Biella, Cuneo, Novara, Turin, Verbania-Cusio-Ossola and Vercelli in the Piedmont region; within the provinces of Bergamo, Brescia, Como, Cremona, Lecco, Lodi, Mantua (left of the River Po), Milan, Monza, Pavia, Sondrio and Varese in the Lombardy region; within the Autonomous Province of Trento, as well as the municipal areas of Anterivo, Lauregno, Proves, Senale-S. Felice and Trodena in the Autonomous Province of Bolzano; within the provinces of Padua, Rovigo, Treviso, Venice, Verona and Vicenza in the Veneto region; in the Province of Bologna (right of the River Reno), Ferrara, Forlì, Cesena, Piacenza, Ravenna and Rimini in the Emilia-Romagna region.


The origins of Grana Padano PDO date back around 1000 A.D., when the Cistercian monks experimented with hard cheese production, caseus vetus (later named grana). At the end of the XI century, this cheese was already an established product with its own commercial network.


Grana Padano PDO is used either as a table cheese or as an ingredient in traditional Italian dishes, depending on how mature it is. It should be conserved in the least cold compartment of the fridge, wrapped in a moist cloth or plastic wrap.


The product is marketed in the following typologies: Grana Padano PDO; Grana Padano PDO Over 16 Months; Grana Padano PDO Riserva Over 20 Months; Grana Padano PDO Trentingrana. The brand mark must appear on all packets of grated and portioned cheese. Packaging must take place in the same production area.

Distinctive Features

That which makes Grana Padano PDO a full-fledged health food is its excellent balance between energy value, quality and quantity of nutrients, especially calcium.



A.R.CRE.MAN.-Agricoltori Riuniti Cremonesi Mantovani – Soc. Agr.

Via Case Sparse, 16
Quattrocase di Casalmaggiore (CR)
Tel: 037559174

Agri Piacenza Latte Soc. Agr. Cons. a r.l.

Via Colombo, 35
Piacenza (PC)
Tel: 0523610171

Agriform Soc. Coop. Agricola

Via Rezzola, 21
Sommacampagna (VR)
Tel: 0458971800
Sito Web:

Ambrosi SpA

Via dei Ponticelli, 1
Castenedolo (BS)
Tel: 0302134811
Sito Web:

Azienda Agricola Franzoni Angelo Luigi

Via Castelmella, 22
Torbole Casaglia (BS)
Tel: 0302650713

Balestre Azienda Agricola

Via Ponterosso, 22 - Malpaga
Calvisano (BS)
Tel: 0309988833

Bongetta Formaggi Srl

Via della Riva, 27
Cosio Valtellino (SO)
Tel: 0342635523
Sito Web:

Cantarelli Rag. Giuseppe Srl

Via Cantonate, 34
Acquanegra sul Chiese (MN)
Tel: 037679110

Caseari Dall’ Aglio Snc

Via Rio Corto, 1
Bacedasco Basso - (PC)
Tel: 0523895231

Casearia Brazzale SpA

via Pasubio, 2
Zanè (VI)
Tel: 0445313900

Casearia Bresciana Ca.Bre Soc. Cooperativa Agricola

Località Cabre, 10
Cadignano di Verolanuova (BS)
Tel: 030936501

Caseificio Borgonovo Snc

Via S. Lorenzo Borgonovo, 43
Monticelli d' Ongina (PC)
Tel: 0523827027

Caseificio Campiotti & C. Snc

Via Villanuova, 12
Ludriano di Roccafranca (BS)
Tel: 0307090123

Caseificio Cooperativo Casa Nuova Soc.Coop. a r.l.

Via Caorso, 15
Chiavenna Landi di (PC)
Tel: 0523835064

Caseificio di Prabiano di Renofio Enrico Erminio e figlio Snc

Via Casa Punta, 3
Villafranca (VR)
Tel: 0456318887

Caseificio Mor Stabilini snc

Via Roma, 33
Crespiatica (LO)
Tel: 037148447

Caseificio Sociale di Montirone Societa’ Cooperativa

Via Palazzo, 6
Montirone (BS)
Tel: 030267141
Sito Web:

Caseificio Sociale Monte Ozolo s.c.a.

Via Maurini Bassi, 2
Revò (TN)
Tel: 0463432232

Caseificio Sociale Presanella

Via Quirino Bezzi, 1
Mezzana (TN)
Tel: 0463757282

Caseificio Sociale Val Tidone Soc. Agricola

Località Colombarola
Borgonovo Val Tidone (PC)
Tel: 0523862545

Caseificio Strambini Srl

Via Cà del Fieno, 18
S. Maria di (VR)
Tel: 0457850151

Caseificio Vincenzo Quaglia S.r.l.

Via Marconi, 2
Scarnafigi (CN)
Tel: 017574174

Chiapparini Giacomo

Via Graffignana Clientela, 17
Romano di Lombardia (BG)
Tel: 0363910985

Colla Paolo Srl Industria Casearia

Via Castello, 63
S. Imento di (PC)
Tel: 0523781120

Cooperativa Produttori Latte Cooprolama Societa’ Cooperativa Agricola

Viale Brescia, 126
Molinetto di Mazzano (BS)
Tel: 0302620280

Dedè Alberto & C. Snc

Cascina Propio
Borghetto Lodigiano (LO)
Tel: 037180238

Gardalatte Caseificio Sociale Soc. Coop. Agricola

Località Cassetta, 4
Lonato (BS)
Tel: 0309913664

Genola Latte SpA

Viale Matteotti, 17
Imperia (IM)
Tel: 017268161

Gruppo Formaggi del Trentino Sca

Via Cooperazione, 4
Segno di Taio (TN)
Tel: 0463469256

Industria Casearia Raimondi S. Tommaso Srl

Cascina S. Tommaso
Villanova del Sillaro (LO)
Tel: 0371230077

Latte Trento Soc. Coop. Agricola

Via Monaco, 5 - Loc. Spini di Gardolo
Trento (TN)
Tel: 0461960848

Lattebusche Soc. Coop. Agricola

Via Cappello, 17
S. Pietro in Gu' (PD)
Sito Web:

Lattegra Industria Casearia SpA

Località Gragnanino
Gragnano Trebbiense (PC)
Tel: 0523789000
Sito Web:

Latteria Agricola Primavera Societa’ Agricola Cooperativa

Via Barco, 3
Canicossa di Marcaria (MN)
Tel: 0376969093
Sito Web:

Latteria Agricola S. Pietro Soc. Agricola Cooperativa

Via Segrada, 36
Goito (MN)
Tel: 0376607051

Latteria Casaticese Societa’ Agricola

Strada S. Michele, 2/A
Casatico di Marcaria (MN)
Tel: 0376950085

Latteria di Camazzole Societa’ Cooperativa Agricola

Via Breda, 10/b
Carmignano di Brenta (PD)
Tel: 0495957592

Latteria La Speranza Societa’ Agricola Cooperativa

Via Marchionale, 17
Guidizzolo (MN)
Tel: 0376849535

Latteria Pizzighettonese Soc. Coop. Agricola

Via Monte Grappa, 87/89
Pizzighettone (CR)
Tel: 0372743013

Latteria Soc. di Bolzano Vicentino Soc. Coop. Agricola

Via Strasilia, 2/B
Bolzano Vicentino (VI)
Tel: 0444350097

Latteria Sociale Ca’ De’ Stefani Soc. Coop. Agricola

Via Padana Inferiore, 12
Vescovato (CR)
Tel: 0372830270

Latteria Sociale di Castelfondo Società Cooperativa Agricola

Via Dante Alighieri, 30
Castelfondo (TN)
Tel: 0463889134

Latteria Sociale Mantova Societa’ Agricola

Via F.lli Kennedy, 48
S. Antonio di (MN)
Tel: 0376390808
Sito Web:

Latterie Vicentine Soc. Cooperativa

Via S. Benedetto, 19
Bressanvido (VI)
Sito Web:

S. Vittoria Soc. Agricola Cooperativa

Ciriano Caseificio, 25/1
Carpaneto Piacentino (PC)
Tel: 0523852038
Sito Web:

Serafini Roberto & C. Srl Industria Casearia

Strada Agazzana, 59
Piacenza (PC)
Tel: 0523778218
Sito Web:

Tre Case Latteria Sociale Soc. Coop. a r.l.

Via Stallone, 56 - Frazione S. Agata
Villanova sull'Arda (PC)
Tel: 0523837583


Production (kg or lt)

Turnover (mln €)

Export (mln €)

2016 184,734,492 1,293 632
2015 182,709,358 1,334 608
2014 184,963,000 1,361 612
2013 173,917,000 1,356 543
2012 170,834,434 1,415 497
2011 153,565,899 1,332 450
2010 159,307,032 1,115 460
2009 155,620,298 946 336
2008 172,738,237 1,111 295
2007 152,366,580 968 280
2006 169,718,796 995 240