Pecorino Tartufo (Cacio di Bosco) Il Forteto
Il Forteto, (the fort) is a commune tucked away in the Muggelano valley, 30 kilometers from Florence. The co-operative produces this amazing aged pecorino from Tuscany with the addition of fresh black truffle. The freshness of the truffle flavour belies the additional aging of this cheese. The texture is very firm without being dry. It is one of the few cheeses that truly captures the real flavour of truffle. Spread across 650 acres of rolling hills the farm was established by a group of friends in the early 1980’s with the help of grants from the Italian Government. The group runs the farm on bio and organic principles, and apart from growing most of their own food and wine it has also become very suc- cessful in the production of cheese and beef. They now produce more than 1000 tons of ewe’s milk cheese and 350 tons of stretched cow’s milk cheese, and the brand represents more than 20% of all Tuscan D.O.P Pecorino.