Grana Padano, granted DOP on 12 June 1996, is one of the few cheeses that can possibly compete with the King of Cheeses; Parmigiano-Reggiano. Created by the Cistercian monks of Chiaravalle in the 12th century, it is still made throughout the Po River Valley in northeastern Italy.
The cheese is made from unpasteurized, semi-skimmed cow’s milk from two milking and generally aged for two years. At the end of the cheese making process, Grana Padano develops a firm, thick and deeply straw-colored rind protecting the fragrant, dry, flaking interior. Grana means “grainy” in Italian which is reflected in the fine granular texture with an intensely sweet flavor. As Grana Padano ages, the flavors become pronounced, savory and complex and the texture becomes more crumbly.
Though similar to Parmigiano Reggiano Grana Padano is inexpensive because areas producing the cheese are bigger. Moreover, Grana is less crumbly, milder and less complex than its long-aged sibling.
Grana Padano is manufactured in cylindrical wheels measuring 35 to 45 cm in diameter, and 15 to 18 cm in height. It is sold at different ripening stages: Grana Padano (9 to 16 months), Grana Padano oltre 16 mesi (over 16 months) and Grana Padano Riserva (over 20 months).
Try pairing the cheese with a Barolo, Zinfandel or Gavi white wine.
- Made from unpasteurized cow's milk
- Country of origin: Italy
- Region: Po River Valley
- Family: Parmesan
- Type: hard, artisan
- Fat content: 39-41%
- Texture: crumbly, dense, flacky hard and grainy
- Rind: natural
- Color: pale yellow
- Flavor: full-flavored, nutty, savory, sweet
- Aroma: fruity
- Vegitarian: no
- Alternative spellings: Grana Padano oltre 16 mesi, Grana Padano Riserva
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Asiago, Asiago d’Allevo, Bra, Calcagno, Canestrato, Fiore Sardo, Grana, Montasio Vecchio, Parmesan, Pecorino, ... show all ... , Pecorino in Walnut Leaves, Pecorino Romano, Piave, Piave Vecchio , Piave Vecchio Selezione Oro, Ragusano, Raschera, Ricotta Salata, Romano, Toscanello, Ubriaco, Zanetti Grana Padano, Zanetti Parmigiano Reggiano
Castelmagno, Fresh Truffles, Montasio Mezzano, Piave Fresco, Provolone, Provolone del Monaco, Provolone Valpadana, Toma
Asiago Pressato, Bel Paese, Bocconcini, Caciotta Al Tartufo, Casciotta di Urbino, Fontina Val d'Aosta, Fresh Truffles, Il Boschetto al Tartufo, Mozzarella, Pannerone, Quadrello di Bufala, Scamorza, Sottocenere al Tartufo, Taleggio, Toma Piemontese
Caciocavallo, Caciotta, Crescenza, Dolcelatte, Fresh Truffles, Gorgonzola, Gorgonzola Cremificato, Mascarpone Torta, Montasio, Mozzarella di Bufala, Pannerone, Quartirolo Lombardo
fresh firm cheeses:
fresh soft cheeses:
Burrata, Fresh Mozzarella, Fresh Ricotta, Galbani, Mascarpone