Piave cheese

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Piave
PiaveInsieme panchina Bassa.jpg
Other names Piave Fresco
Piave Mezzano
Piave Vecchio
Piave Vecchio Selezione Oro
Piave Vecchio Riserva
Country of origin Italy
Region Veneto
Town Province of Belluno
Source of milk Cows
Texture Hard
Certification PDO 2010

Piave is an Italian cow's milk cheese, that is named after the Piave river. As Piave has a Protected Designation of Origin (Denominazione di Origine Protetta or DOP),[1] the only "official" Piave is produced in the Dolomites area, province of Belluno, in the northernmost tip of the Veneto region.[2][3]

Piave is a hard, cooked curd cheese, offered at 5 different ages:[4][5]

  • Piave Fresco (20 to 60 days aging - blue label)
  • Piave Mezzano (61 to 180 days aging - blue label)
  • Piave Vecchio (more than 6 months aging - blue label)
  • Piave Vecchio Selezione Oro (more than 12 months aging - red label)
  • Piave Vecchio Riserva (more than 18 months aging - black label).

Piave cheese has a dense texture, without holes, and is straw-yellow in hue. It has a slightly sweet flavor. Once fully aged, it becomes hard enough for grating, and it develops an intense, full-bodied flavor.
Piave's rind is impressed repeatedly in vertical direction with the name of the cheese.[6]

Piave is sold throughout Europe and even in the US as a hard cheese at which point its taste resembles that of a young Parmigiano Reggiano. The red label is aged at least 1 year and is called Vecchio (Piave Vecchio Selezione Oro), while the blue label is softer. Both are available all over Europe and can also be found in the US, primarily at specialty shops.

References[edit]

  1. ^ DOP / PDO - Piave Cheese Consortium: The consortium overseeing the use of the name Piave
  2. ^ Production zone - Piave Cheese Consortium
  3. ^ Agriform
  4. ^ Product and characteristics - Piave Cheese Consortium
  5. ^ InfoDolomiti
  6. ^ How to recognise it - Piave Cheese Consortium

External links[edit]

Awards[edit]

Year Where Competition Awards Type of Cheese
2005 Verona Olimpiadi Dei Formaggi Gold Medal - The Best Exported Cheese Piave Vecchio DOP
2007 Oberstdorf Olimpiadi Dei Formaggi Silver Medal - The Best Exported Cheese Piave Vecchio DOP Selezione Oro
2007 Moscow (Russia) Pir Cheese Gold Medal - Hard Cheese Category Piave Vecchio DOP Selezione Oro
2008 Dublino World Cheese Awards Gold Medal - Hard Cheese Category Piave Vecchio DOP
2008 Saint-Vincent (Italy) Grolla D'oro Formaggi d'Autore Saint Vincent Silver Medal - Hard Cheeses Category Piave Vecchio DOP Selezione Oro
2009 Saignelégier Olimpiadi Dei Formaggi di Montagna BuonItalia - The Best Exported Cheese Piave Vecchio DOP Selezione Oro
2010 Santa Maria di Sala Caseus Veneti Gold Medal Piave DOP Cheese
2010 Saint-Vincent (Italy) Grolla D'oro Formaggi d'Autore Saint Vincent Silver Medal - Hard Cheeses Category Piave Vecchio DOP Selezione Oro
2011 Arquà Polesine Caseus Veneti Silver Medal - Critics' Choice Award Piave DOP Cheese
2011 Birmingham World Cheese Awards Silver Medal - Hard Cheese Category Piave Vecchio DOP
2012 Quinto di Valpantena Caseus Veneti Silver Medal Piave DOP Cheese
2012 London The Grocer Food & Drink Own Label Silver Medal - Ageing Cheese Category Piave DOP Vecchio marked Tesco
2013 Birmingham World Cheese Awards Gold Medal - Hard Cheese Category Piave Vecchio DOP
2013 Birmingham World Cheese Awards Silver Medal Piave Mezzano DOP
2013 Villa Emo Caseus Veneti Silver Medal Piave DOP Cheese
2013 Birmingham World Cheese Awards Silver Medal Piave DOP Mezzano e Piave Vecchio DOP Selezione Oro
2014 Vedelago Caseus Veneti The Best Cheese of the Region Veneto Piave DOP Cheese
2015 Bruxelles International Taste & Quality Institute (iTQi) Excellent Product - Two Gold Stars Piave Vecchio DOP Selezione Oro
2015 Milan Tuttofood One of the top 3 Cheeses of the Exhibition Piave Vecchio DOP Selezione Oro
2015 Frome (Somerset) Global Cheese Awards Bronze Medal - The Best Italian Hard Cheese Piave Vecchio DOP Selezione Oro
2015 Nantwich International Cheese Awards Special Mention - The Best Italian Hard Cheese Piave Vecchio DOP Selezione Oro
2015 Piazzola sul Brenta Caseus Veneti Gold Medal Piave DOP Cheese
2015 Bruxelles Superior Taste Award Excellent Product - Two Gold Stars Piave Vecchio DOP Selezione Oro
2016 Mogliano Veneto Italian Cheese Awards The Best Italian Hard Cheese Piave Vecchio DOP Selezione Oro
2016 Bruxelles International Taste & Quality Institute Superior Taste Award - 3 Stars Piave Vecchio DOP Selezione Oro
2016 Pandino Trofeo San Lucio The Best among the Best - The Best Cheese of the Competition Piave Vecchio DOP Selezione Oro
2016 Gillingham Guild of Fine Foods Great Taste Award - Top 50 foods Piave Vecchio DOP Selezione Oro
2016 Piazzola sul Brenta Caseus Veneti The Best Ageing Cheese of the Region Veneto Piave Vecchio DOP Selezione Oro
2016 Piazzola sul Brenta Caseus Veneti Gold Medal Piave Vecchio DOP Selezione Oro
2016 Frome Global Cheese Awards Gold Medal - The Best Hard Cheese Piave Vecchio DOP Selezione Oro