Work is also continuing at Cascina Pilota (Caulera, Trivero, Biella), a farm built in the ‘40s by Ermenegildo Zegna as an experimental model for mountain cattle raising and recently started up again by a couple of cattle breeders, Valentina and Nicola. Here too the rhythm is that of nature: they produce milk to make cheese, especially for ageing.
Nicola explained it all some time ago at ‘Genius Loci’, a Fondazione Zegna exhibition featuring stories of mountain life and photos by Giovanni Caccamo. “You wake up at dawn – he said – you watch the sun rise, you smell the dew, day by day you learn to recognize your animals, each with its own character, meek and moody by turns… every morning a discovery: milking the goats, working the milk to make cheese”.
If you like goat’s cheese, these two addresses are invaluable. You can contact the farmers directly about deliveries to your home.
* Large photo: Ca' nel Bosco; photo in the middle: Cascina Pilota, photographed by Francesco Taurisano