Fontina Val d'Aosta is an Italian DOP cheese from the bilingual valley region of Aosta in Northern Italy, on the French Border. It is an unpasteurized cows milk cheese that is aged for approximately 90 days and uses the alpine milk of the Valdaostan cows. It is semi soft in texture with a few small holes running through it and is a great cooking cheese since is melts evenly without any loss of flavor. It is an Alpine cheese that fairly aromatic with rustic flavors that are earthy, herbaceous, and nutty. There are many generic cheeses that are produced in a similar way (Fontinella, Fontella, or Fontal) but do not have the same rich flavor components of the DOP designated cheese.