Grana Padano is an Italian cheese made from cow's milk. It is one of the few cheeses that can compete with the King of Italian cheeses, Parmigiano-Reggiano. It has protected designation of origin P.D.O.
Created by the Cistercian monks of Chiaravalle in the 12th century, it is still made along the Valley of the Po River, in the northeast of Italy. Grana is the generic name given to all the Italian very hard and grainy pasta cheese. It has a golden brown crust and its dough is hard and grainy yellow that darkens with maturation, which takes approximately 6 months. It is a cheese of excellent, sweet and intense, stronge flavor, stronger as the maduration increases the flavor. It is ideal shredded as accompaniment to many dishes, and combines very well with a wine red.