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In an fresco of the XV° century in the Issogne Castle, a feudal residence situated in the southern part of Aosta Valley, the most ancient visual evidence of the presence of Fontina is showed. The painting represents a stall with a pile of cheeses, which look exacly the same as the Fontina still produced today.

The first reference dates back to a document of 1270 written in latin but the name is used as a topomyn to identify a plot of land. The name is afterwards used, since 1700, to call the cheese in manuscripts, textbooks, public deeds and inventaries. The name can also arrive from “Fontin” the name of a mountain pasture, or from the name of the village “Fontinaz” or from a family name. From that moment on the name began to be used in the current language to call the popular and unique cheese.

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Legend:
1. The Castle of Issogne. Fresc of 1480 representing a stall of food products. At the right you can see some moulds similar to the current Fontina ones.
2. Reproduction taken from the document in which in 1270 for the first time the Vacherino cheese in named. In the same document we find the patronym and toponym Fontines (Peronimus de Fontines and the fields or the Fontines village)
3. Reproduction of a page of the Canonic Register of Pierre François Ballalu dating year 1717.(from the registers of the Great San Bernado's Hospice)



 

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