Warehouses of Cooperativa latte e fontina
In addition to the headquarters in Saint-Christophe, the cooperative has six ripening cellars carved into the rock, with a total storage capacity of approximately 150,000 cheeses. Most of the warehouses were derived from military depots used during the Second World War, except for the Valpelline warehouse, aPDOted from an old copper mine, exploited until 1946. Even today, the cheese is moved using the tracks that were previously used for transporting the mineral ore.
The environmental conditions of the warehouses are distinguished by a very high relative humidity (> 90%) and by a constant temperature of around 10 °C throughout the year.
A total of about sixty people operate the six ageing warehouses, and deal with the various operations that ensure the cheese ripening, alternating of salting, turning over and manual brushing of the cheese.
The platforms on which cheeses are stored are strictly made of spruce (Picea excelsa), as per tradition.