Montébore is a small town in the Curone Valley, on the border between the Grue and Borbera valleys. Its fame comes from a cheese that bears its name and has a long history, the only cheese served during the extravagant celebrations of the wedding between Isabella of Aragon, the daughter of Alfonso, and Gian Galeazzo Sforza, the son of the Duke of Milan, at the end of the 15th century. Made from raw milk—75% cow’s, 25% sheep’s—Montébore can be eaten fresh, semi-aged (15 days) or aged, when it is usually grated. Its unique wedding-cake shape, perhaps inspired by an old tower on the town’s castle, is formed by placing three or more robiola-type cheeses of decreasing size on top of each other.
Montébore cheese production takes place throughout the year following the lactation cycles of the animals.