"Our cows eat mostly centennial meadow hay that contains herbs and essences now unknown and unavailable in the newer fields."
Let me introduce myself, I'm Georgio Bonati and with my son Gianluca and I lead our farm in the countryside of Parma. Ours is a family of farmers by four generations. Today we have about 100 cows that produce milk for Parmigiano Reggiano cheese making. We produce our Parmigiano Reggiano only with milk from our cows that eat hay grown only on our fields: we are a complete farm, from the food for our animals, milk producing, processing into cheese, until the sale. Everything is taken care of and managed by us.
This allows us to have a great quality product, followed in every detail with precision and care, so as to achieve perfect traceability.
Our cows eat mostly centennial meadow hay that contains herbs and essences now unknown and unavailable in the more newer fields.
It is the particular richness of hay that gives the milk, and thus the cheese, unique flavors. The food and rest 'consisting of mixtures of cereals, maize, barley and soybeans. The whole production process is strictly traditional.
Our Parmigiano Reggiano, when it reaches 2 years of age is reappraised by experts of the Consortium, and only the exceptional rounds at proper maturation are marked with the second mark, "EXTRA", only the best at this point reach 3 years or even the 4-5-6-7-10 years of seasoning. And here that our choice to privilege the long maturing is rewarded: our Parmigiano Reggiano becomes the extraordinary qualities, awarded in many international competitions and sought by the best restaurants in Italy and worldwide. The Guide "Cheese of Italy" by Gambero Rosso awarded the "Three Slices of Cheese" in our 3 year and the prize "Star Player" to the 7 year. The Kitchen Academy ALMA directed by chef Gualtiero Marchesi, has awarded us with the Gold Medal 2012 ALMA CASEUS for our aged 28 months.
We'll be waiting your visit in our farm to show you our job. Perhaps you will find us to milk the cows or on tractor to pick up the hay, if you call the phone you might hear the roar in the background of our animals.
And 'this is our job and we are proud of this, as well as our Parmigiano Reggiano.
See you soon.
Giorgio and Gianluca Bonati.
Parmigiano Reggiano, 2-3-4-5-6 and 7 years old, packed in sixteenths, eighths, quarter wheel and half wheel.
Bonat cheese, grated and lyophilized (only made with Parmigiano-Reggiano) 300 gr packed.
To place an order or contact the farm directly visit the link below. Site is in Italian, French and English. Easy order page available..
In the Food Fair Marin County test kitchen, Cecilia was immediately taken by the good mouth feel and that this Parmigiano Reggiano, in this case the "3 Anni", easily stands on its own.
"I went on to taste the 7 Anni which was pretty intense. Probably due to further years of dehydration. In the Parmesan tasting world this is a great quality but I actually liked the 26/28 mesi the best. It was really smooth, so good for straight eating."