Fontina is a semi-soft Italian cheese originating from the Aosta Valley in Italy. It is now produced in various countries worldwide, including the United States, Denmark, Sweden, Canada, France, and Argentina. Fontina has a rich and robust flavour with nutty undertones. Young Fontina has a milder flavour, while aged Fontina develops a more complex and intense taste. The texture of Fontina is semi-soft and supple with a creamy consistency. Fontina cheese has a pale yellow interior, and the natural rind is usually tan to orange-brown.
Fontina is known for its excellent melting properties. It is used in various dishes, such as fondues, gratins, and sauces. Certain varieties of Fontina, such as Fontina Val d'Aosta, have received the DOP designation.