Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese Tasting Tour

Parma, Italy

From US$ 56.09

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2 hours (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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Offered in: English and 4 more


Go behind the scenes to find out how one of Italy's most famous cheeses is made with this 2-hour tours of a parmigiano-reggiano cheese factory in Parma. Cap off your tour with a cheese tasting with local wine and honey.
  • 2-hour tour of a cheese factory in Parma, including cheese tasting
  • Visit a 'caseficio' (cheese factory) to learn how authentic parmigiano-reggiano is made
  • Sample some Parmigiano-Reggiano with honey and wine after the tour
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from Parma included
Step back in time to learn how Parmigiano-Reggiano, known as the 'king of cheeses,' is made with this visit to a 'caseficio,' or cheese factory. Find out why this is the provinces of Parma, Modena and Reggio Emilia, plus parts of Bologna and Mantova, are the only ones that can produce authentic parmigiano-reggiano – elsewhere it has to go by another name.
Watch cheesemakers at work as they cook the milk to separate the whey and lift the Parmigiano-Reggiano. See how the cheese goes on to be salted and shaped next, followed by placement in the aging room (the 'stagionatura' in Italian). Admire the rows and rows of aging wheels of cheese that perfume the air.
Learn about the strict tests required by the consortium before the cheese wheels are permitted to be sold as authentic Parmigiano-Reggiano, including hammering the wheels, and the fire branding that takes place. Finish the tour by tasting cheese along with honey and local wine. Pickup and drop-off from your Parma hotel is included.

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Christine H
, Mar 2018

I have already written one review. I will write it again.
The parmagiano regianno cheese factory tour was poor.
The guide had little knowledge and If I didnt have my sound practical knowledge of hard cheese making I would have learned little or nothing from the tour. The guide was unable to answer basic technical questions eg fat content of combined skim and whole milk, I found myself translating the guides explanations into lay terms for other tour members.
The cheese samples offered for tasting were miniscule in quantity and poor in quality. Certainly not an encouragement to purchase.
Overall a poor and over priced experience.

Jennifer Lynne A
, Feb 2018

We loved it! Pietro, our guide, was so nice and informative. He picked us up at the train station in Parma as we came in from a different city. Wonderful experience watching the cheese made and he gave us excellent information and answered our questions. Dropped us in town at a great lunch he recommended!

Elizabeth R
, Nov 2017

Extremely enjoyable experience, family business gave us a very personal insight into this authentic method of making parm. The taste speaks for itself.

Berit O
, Sep 2017

Mateo is a superb guide--super-nice guy with in depth knowledge of and passion for his tour subjects. He picked us up at our hotel on time and dropped us at the train station as we requested--vert accommodating. Mateo shared information about Parma and the region non-stop--he welcomed our questions and he always provided very thorough answers that reflected relevant facts, local culture and government, and history. The parmigiano cheese producer we visited is really a local family farm 10km from Parma in an idyllic setting. The husband, wife and a couple of helpers run the entire operation that uses 1200 liters of milk daily to produce 10-15 Hoge cheeses. We got to see the entire process very first-hand. The tasting was very nice at the end. This tour remains one of our top experiences in our first 15 days in Italy this visit because it is a very interesting break from the never-ending feast of art and architecture. Highly recommended.

Ambika B
, Jul 2017

This tour was incredible! Matteo picked us up from our Airbnb in an air-conditioned van, drove us to the factory while giving us a mini-tour of the area along the way, and was very friendly and sweet. The factory was very interesting and all of the workers were so friendly and knowledgeable. There were only four of us on the tour with Matteo, so we were able to ask a ton of questions and everything felt very intimate and personalized. He was able to answer all of our questions in detail, and seemed to genuinely love his job. He had a smile on his face constantly, and was extremely passionate about the art of making parmesan cheese. At the end of the tour, we were able to taste four ages of parmesan cheese, along with different types of balsamic vinegar and Lambrusco wine. All in all, this was an amazing experience and I learned a lot including the fact that parmesan cheese is made using calf rennet, so it is unfortunately not a vegetarian product - thereby, I was unable to partake in the tasting!. Thank you Matteo and all of the factory workers for an incredible day in Parma!

Lauren V
, Apr 2017

A wonderful tour! Matteo was a great guide, very knowledgable about the process and provided a lot of interesting information. And the cheese was delicious!!

Kathryn S
, Oct 2016

We enjoyed the tour quite a bit. We were able to see the entire process of making Parmigiano Reggiano and enjoy tastings of different aged cheeses. We appreciated that they brought us to a small, family-owned artisanal operation. The family was very nice and went out of their way to show us the process. Our tour guide, Mateo, was great and very knowledgeable.

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