Istrian Gran Istriano Cheese is a hard full-fat cutting cheese that becomes extra hard cheese suitable for grating when aged. Made from pasteurised full-fat cow’s milk. The average round is aged between 12 and 14 months and weighs a whopping 11 kilograms.

Unlike your classic Grana type cheese, Gran Istriano is not made using the press. It is “self-pressed” under its own weight.

Cheese rind is yellow to dark yellow, the consistency of paste is firm and easy to cut, while the colour of the paste ranges from light to dark yellow depending on maturation stage. Its scent is pronounced and reminiscent of Istrian pastures and the connection with Istrian nature. The flavour of Gran Istriano cheese is full, with characteristics of cow’s milk typical of this cheese variety.

Characteristics

  • Hard full-fat cutting cheese that becomes extra hard cheese suitable for grating when aged

Best enjoyed

  • As a delicacy on its own, or served grated to complement various dishes
  • Ideally suited to Vina Laguna Merlot

Suited to all occasions, either consumed as a delicacy on its own, or as a welcome cheese with an aperitif or as an “incentive” to spend some more time over a glass of wine. May also be served grated to complement various dishes .