The unrepeatable climate of the valley is the main secret behind the production of Bresaola della Valtellina PGI, making it a typical, unique and incomparable product.
The cool and clear air from the heart of the Alps, the particular formation of the Sondrio Province – which matches completely the typical production area – create the ideal conditions for the gradual ageing of the Bresaola.
The climate is not the only determining factor. The high-quality deli meat is produced with the best cuts of the beef round, and the most fascinating part is its processing. The preparation follows strict phases that tradition turned into actual rituals passed down from father to son with passion and professionalism. The ability to choose the best cuts of adult cattle, tip steak and steak eye of round, the expertise in trimming, and the skillful dosing of natural aromas, are rooted in the secret of ancient recipes. The massaging of the meat during salting, and the right variations of temperature and humidity must take place with precise timing and method during ageing; these are still today the legacy of a culture embedded in local tradition.
Today the real Bresaola della Valtellina – which is different from “dried meat” and other products deriving from drying beef – is guaranteed by the Community PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) Trademark that can exclusively be used by producers of the Sondrio Province. The trademark is only awarded to master butchers who strictly comply with the Production Regulations, subject to constant monitoring by the Inspection Agency CSQA Certificazioni S.r.l., and by the Protection Consortium authorized by the Ministry for Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies.
It is a very nutritious deli meat, by far the most low-fat, high in protein, iron, vitamins and minerals, and highly digestible. Ideal for those who love lightness without sacrificing taste. It is a multi-purpose ingredient, allowing creative combinations for the invention of refined dishes, appetizers and easy-to-prepare quick snacks.