En route from Ferrari to Milan, we stopped in for a cheesemaking class in Franciacorta at Cascina la Benedetta, an artisan cheese producer near Brescia. This family owned farm is owned by Daniele and Gianpietro Guerini, and raises heritage breeds of Italian dairy cows. The family has raised cows on land surrounding the Olivetan Abbey for three generations.
These happy cows are fed a healthy and sustainable diet of hay, corn, and soy, mostly from the owners’ land. Since the farm is authorized to produce raw milk, the quality and cleanliness standards are higher than other dairy farms. The farm is also an educational farm accredited by the Lombardy region. Each cow has a name and a personality. We were even fortunate to see some babies, including one calf that was only a few days old!
We could describe how Cascina la Benedetta’s delicious cheese is made, but we decided to let Stefania explain it herself. Enjoy the video below!
Thank you to Cascina la Benedetta and Franciacorta for hosting us!