Our Cheesemaker

Fiscalini Cheese Company was established in the year 2000 when John Fiscalini followed in his ancestors’ footsteps and began making cheese just as they had in Switzerland in the 1700’s. When he began producing cheese on his dairy farm in Modesto California he had no real experience in making cheese he just followed a simple recipe and always stayed committed to making only the highest quality cheese.

John had been making cheese about a year when fate intervened and he was introduced to Mariano Gonzalez. After a visit to Fiscalini Cheese Company Mariano undoubtedly left knowing that together he and John Fiscalini could achieve their dreams of producing some of the best cheeses in the world.

Born in Paraguay, Mariano learned to make cheese as a young boy when his uncle got into the cheese business out of necessity. In the rolling hills, where his dairy was located, Mariano’s uncle made cheese when it rained and the milk truck couldn’t make it to the dairy to transport the milk due to the slippery roads. Mariano was willing to help out and quickly became the family cheesemaker. Years later, he relocated to Vermont where he got a summer job at Shelburne Farms. Within just a few years he became their head cheesemaker winning numerous awards and securing national recognition for their cheeses.

In the spring of 2001 Mariano became an extension of the Fiscalini family and began making cheese for us, just one year later our Fiscalini Bandage Wrapped Cheddar won Best Farmstead Cheese in North America. Today Mariano continues to manage and grow our product line while winning awards for his handcrafted masterpieces.