barricato al pepe hard cheese

Barricato al Pepe Hard Cheese

Barricato al Pepe is an Italian hard cow’s milk cheese that gets its name from the oak wine barrels in which it is aged for a minimum of six months.  This firm pasteurized cow’s milk cheese from Veneto is made by Sergio, the famed producer of Sottocenere®. “Barricato” refers to the method of aging this cow’s milk cheese in barrels. After an initial 90 day aging, he buries the wheels in black pepper and places them in wine barrels to finish maturing. The black peppercorns add a lively kick without overwhelming the buttery paste. Wine residue from the barrels contributes a hint of fruit, contributing to a full, round flavor.

For cheese and wine lovers, Barricato al Pepe pairs perfectly with an off-dry Gewurtztraminer or Riesling, or a brawny Zin.


The Cheese contains pasteurized cow’s milk, salt, black pepper, rennet, lysozyme (from egg white), and the rind is covered with black pepper.

  • Made from pasteurized cow’s milk
  • Country of origin: Italy
  • Region: Veneto
  • Type: firm, artisan
  • Texture: crumbly
  • Rind: natural
  • Colour: ivory
  • Flavour: buttery, spicy
  • Aroma: spicy