Andrea Magi is the perfect example of how to turn a passion into a job. He has always been a big cheese lover: a passion that he inherited from his father and brother. a love that runs through his veins. As a little boy, he used to wash cheeses after school, a rather difficult procedure. All products by De’ Magi are still today handled by hand with extreme care: Andrea checks raw materials thoroughly, because of his “obsessive love”, as he describes his passion.
Andrea is a cheese affineur, a cheesemonger, a true alchemist. He seeks traditional terroir products as well as producers that are willing to experiment. He looks for the perfect cheeses, tastes them, carries out the affinage - i.e. refines them, in order to enhance their quality or discover different flavours. He lets cheese age in olive leaves or grape skins. he refines them with cocoa or truffle to create unique flavours and combinations with an astonishing alchemy. He only uses natural techniques to enhance taste as well as maturing rooms with particular microclimates, such as caves and cellars.
Caves have been used since ancient times to refine cheeses, thanks to their structure and microclimate. That’s why De’ Magi has recreated in his premises two stone caves where he refines cheese.
The expertise of De’ Magi is based on an in-depth study of ancient cheese aging techniques that are combined with modern technology for quality control. His cheeses are divided into two lines: Affinati, i.e. signature refined cheeses, and Selezione, i.e. a selection of exceptional cheeses of the best Italian producers.