08 August 2014 | By: Sponsor

Get A Taste Of Italy: Win A Luxury Grana Padano Hamper

This is a competition courtesy of the Consortium for the Protection of Grana Padano Cheese.


The Consortium for the Protection of Grana Padano Cheese is offering you the chance to win a luxury hamper filled with Grana Padano goodies to mark the return of London’s Grana Padano Aperitivo Hour — a celebration of the famous Italian tradition.

Are you looking for a new way to spice up your after-work drinks or social meet-ups? Then you should try snacking the Italian way and experience a traditional Aperitivo Hour. This Italian custom of late afternoon drinks and nibbles has crossed over the English Channel and is now spreading out across London's wine bars and restaurants.

From Tuesday 19 to Thursday 21 August 2014, selected bars and restaurants in London will replicate the much-loved Italian tradition between 5.30-9pm. Think of it as a sort of dairy-based happy hour, where you can sample the nation's famous cheese while sipping a glass of wine.

Participating venues include:

Want to know more about Grana Padano?
It's not just a cheese, it's a fundamental part of Italian culinary heritage — that's why Grana Padano is a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO).  Recognised and protected by the Italian state and the European Union, Grana Padano's PDO status means that it is exclusively linked to a particular area in Northern Italy: the Padana Valley. This is where it is has been produced for nearly 1,000 years and therefore is deeply linked to the climate, culture, and the know-how of the people that create it. This ensures the ultimate in quality, authenticity and traceability, making it an ideal ingredient in meals and snacks.

Grana Padano takes a long time to mature its aromas and flavours before it's served up on any table. There are three different vintages of the cheese: Grana Padano (aged between nine and 16 months), Grana Padano (over 16 months), and Grana Padano ‘RISERVA’ (over 20 months). The different maturation stages give it a versatility that allows it to taste great with a wide variety of wines, and in countless recipes.

To be in with a chance to win a luxury Grana Padano hamper in celebration of Aperitivo Hour, you just need to enter your details below and hit Submit. Good luck!


A winner will be picked at random after 5pm on Friday 15 August 2014 and notified by email. Usual Londonist competition policy applies.

Try Grana Padano cheese at participating venues during Aperitivo Hour, Tuesday 19 to Thursday  21 August 2014, between 5.30pm and 9pm.For more information about Grana Padano Cheese, please visit: www.granapadano.it