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The Culatello

of Zibello

King of Italian salumi

from tradition to our tables

Culatello di Zibello is heritage and richness of that particular foggy flatland near the big Po river: actually, it is the climate itself which represents a determining factor for the right aging of the King of salumi. The art of making Culatello have been passed on for generations and it houses in itself the history of a land, its people's tradition and the particular climate. From the cellars in the Po valley, Culatello took a very long time to arrive to the tables of the italian consumers. In fact, for many centuries, the name and the prestige of this salume have been limited to the land of origin: it was people's heritage, who alone could appreciate its fragrance and had to maintain the secret.

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The production area

The fog

The production area

Cold, long and foggy winters

Culatello is produced in the flatlands near Po river, in the communes of Busseto, Polesine Parmense, Zibello, Soragna, Roccabianca, San Secondo, Sissa and Colorno, which climate is characterized by long, cold and foggy winters and torrid and sunny summers. The alternation of dry and humid periods allows the slow aging of these salumi, giving to them the distinctive flavours and fragrances which made Culatello famous all over the world.

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The history of Culatello

The King of salumi – a veritable tradition at your table

When we talk about old traditions to describe the art of making Culatello, we don't make a mistake. The reputation that this product has all over the world is quite recent, but the traditional manufacturing and the history of Culatello began many years ago. The story goes that (there have never been more appropriate expression, for the fact that we are talking about tradition) in 1332, during the wedding feast of Andrea Rossi and Giovanna dei Conti Sanvitale, it was offered some Culatello, which was a newlyweds' gift; later, the Pallavicino family gave Culatello as a gift to Galeazzo Maria Sforza, Duke of Milan.

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