Dairy production in Friuli began in 1200 A.D. thanks to the efforts of the Benedictine monks of the Moggio Udinese Abbey. Montasio cheese takes its appellation from the mountain range in the Julian Alps of the same name, on the southern slopes of which there lies a vast plateau, home to the Montasio dairies and a wealth of pastures.
A second unifying element was the establishment of the Dairy School in S. Vito al Tagliamento in 1924. The crowning achievement of the dairy industry, in 1955 Montasio cheese was included in Italian legislation as one of the protected speciality cheeses, and in 1996 it received DOP (Protected Designation of Origin) status.
Curator — Consorzio per la Tutela del Formaggio Montasio