Our Story


With a vision to produce high quality Italian style cheese in Nelson, combining the know how of a cheese master from Italy with the most natural ingedients from New Zealand. ViaVio was born…with a very short history this far, it is one full of coincidences, passion and very diverse skills. Flavio and Flavia are from Rome, passionate about food and rugby. Flavia has spent 25 years as a Top executive in an International Company. Flavio used to play professional rugby in Italy and briefly played rugby himself in NZ (With Belfast Club and Marlborough Red Devils) – After many visits to NZ and talks with NZ friends; they were looking for a new life in this nice Country. – But what to do in the new life? Being Italian we are passionate about high quality food, they thought NZ was lacking a wide variety of high quality Cheese especially Italian style. After intensive market research in NZ on milk and Farmers, and with consultancy support from cheese experts, Nelson was chosen for the start of their new venture. Matteo is from Rome – passionate about nature and the easygoing life. His background is in Management of a Tourist business. He came to NZ in 2012 working on his business remotely. He liked it so much he wanted to move here – So what to do here? Also Italian, he too thought that there was the need for good mozzarella in NZ – he started to set up a little mozzarella cheese factory in Nelson and in 2014 he was looking for a business partner and the first of many coincidences brought him to meet Flavio and Flavia. The little venture started under the name MilkDrop but very soon, they defined a new path to follow: The first stage was to acquire a professional Italian Master of Cheese.

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PH 021-261-3077 GST 120-426-192

Megan Ranger
PH 021-744-249