Mezzo Secco

The Vella Cheese Company has been involved in making cheeses since Tom Vella first worked at the Sonoma Mission Creamery in the 1920s. In 1931, the Vella Cheese Company was founded, and the following decades would see it grow and expand even against such odds as suffering through World War II when the company was forced to work around the clock at full capacity. In 1981, Tom Vella's children started running the operation, and Ig Vella is now at the helm, maintaining the same high standards of quality cheesemaking that his father set over seventy years ago.

Coated in a fine layer of pungent black pepper, this medium-dry version of Ig Vella's famous Dry Jack is aged for three to four months. Mezzo Secco has a smooth, creamy texture that fills your mouth with sweet milk and spice.

Farm / Company: Vella Cheese Company

Cheesemaker: Charlie Malkassian

Proprietor: Ig Vella


City, State: Sonoma, California

Region: West

Country: USA

Milk Type: Cow

Milk Treatment: Raw

Rennet: Vegetarian

Rind: Natural

Texture: Hard

Aging: 3 - 4 months

Size(s): 8-9 pound wheel