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Our History

Our history

Since three generations Paese family members are diligently working as cow farmers and cheesemakers to produce some of Calabria’s finest cheeses.

Dairying started in the Paese Cheese factory around 1900s to supply the daily needs of the family and with few cheeses sold on a local market. At that time the cows were migrate to the mountain Sila during the summer time and to Spezzano sila, a town with more temperate clime nearby Cosenza city, during the winter period. This phenomenon is called “Transumanza”. Today, the animals pasture during the summer and at winter time they are kept in a cow-house.

During the years the farm was expanded and the idea to increase the cheese production became operative. The first cheese factory plant which would be built close to the farm was operative in 1985 when a cheesemaker was hired to processes the milk twice a day. The products were soon appreciate by consumers and the hope for a bigger market pushed us to build a second cheese factory when the first one became old according to the new laws and HACCP standards.

In an effort to improve the production and marketing activities, the second cheese factory became officially operative in 2000 and since 2001 we belong to the “Consorzio caciocavallo silano DOP” (Protected Designation of Origin) Caciocavallo silano DOP.

Today, Caseificio Paese continues to process and distribute high quality dairy products with a market growing in the whole Italy and abroad.