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Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet – Founder of Caroselle cheese
Caroselle cheese was founded and established by Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet, who immigrated from Italy to the USA in the early 1900s. She pretty much grew up in a cheese culture and therefore knew a lot about good European cheeses, particularly the parmesan (a hard cheese originating from the province of Parma in Italy). Patrizia visited India in 1971 and in 1987 she established “Skambha Estate” in the Palani Hills, 18 Km from Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu. Patrizia was gifted with a cow (Deepa), which paved the way for Caroselle’s lifelong journey.
As the herd expanded Patrizia and her students started making Parmesan and Gouda, followed by many other varieties, the traditional way:
- By hand in small batches according to artisanal methods
- No artificial ingredients such as flavorings, dyes, bleaches, preservatives
- Aged according to centuries-old European practices to ensure an authentic product
- And, most importantly, pure milk.
The cheeses turned out to be so good that in 1990 Caroselle Dairy Products – the Gourmand’s Cheese – was officially established. At the time, in the early 1990s, many Indian people were not familiar with European-style Artisanal cheese, thus Caroselle’s main customers were five-star hotels with chefs who knew of and appreciated high-quality cheese as well as niche supermarkets with well-traveled, discerning clientele.
Many challenges have been overcome to achieve the status of “India’s Own World-Class Artisanal Cheese” and Caroselle weathered each storm and emerged stronger and better every time. Along the way, India’s consumers began to travel more and learned of the many delicious types of cheeses made around the world. India also saw the advent of the “Make In India” campaign which put the spotlight on companies such as Caroselle, who proved years before that world-class artisanal cheese could be made in India.
Caroselle’s founder passed away in 2016 and in 2018 the company was sold to Skambha Valley Food Products Pvt Ltd
With the Founders students of Caroselle Cheese
In 2000 the Caroselle name was registered with the Registrar of Companies and officially branded with this special label.
Skambha valley is located in Naranamangalam village, Perambalur district in Central Tamilnadu. Further, all our high maturing cheese once prepared, are sent to Kodaikanal to age naturally in our wooden cellars. Skambha valley is committed to serving our cheese in its purest form.
At Skambha, we encourage women’s participation in the production of cheese and provide equal opportunities to everyone, guaranting the same high-quality Caroselle Cheese.
Skambha valley’s main goal is to expand on the mission of crafting world-class European-style artisanal cheese in India.
Skambha’s vision is to craft our world class European style artisanal cheese by sourcing most of the milk for Caroselle directly through the local village farmers to generate employment and prepare the cheese with pure milk to cater directly to our customers Pan India. Through this vision, we want our farmers associated with us to live prosperously.