More than 90 types of cheese are produced in South Tyrol, including the famous Stelvio PDO Cheese.
As the only cheese in South Tyrol, the Stelvio (Stilfser) has been allowed to claim the "protected designation of origin" (PDO) since 2007. It is awarded to foodstuffs whose special characteristics depend on the area in which they are produced, and promises unadulterated quality and authenticity. The Stelvio is a typical mountain cheese produced according to an old recipe by the Burgusio Alpine Dairy in the Val Venosta valley, and the largest dairy farm in South Tyrol, the Mila World in Bolzano. The milk used comes from mountain farms located above 1,000 m a.s.l.
After 60 days of ripening, you can taste a spicy cheese with 50% fat in dry matter, ideal for a South Tyrolean snack, called "Marende". But South Tyrol's cheese diversity also includes numerous other varieties, savoury or mild, hard or soft, made from the milk of cows, sheep or goats.
There are numerous ways to experience and taste South Tyrolean cheese: For example, the Campo Tures Cheese Festival takes place once a year. In addition, companies such as the Dairy Adventure World Capriz in Vandoies or the Three Peaks Show Dairy in the Upper Val Pusteria invite you to an interesting tour, topped off, of course, with tasting best South Tyrolean cheese!