Tositsa Foundation, Metsovo, Epirus
The Foundation of Baron Michael Tositsa was established in Metsovo in 1955 to preserve the cultural traditions of the area. It was the vision of Evangelos Averof-Tositsa, who wanted to open a cowshed and exemplary dairy to operate as a cheesemaking school. He sent some of the farmers' families to Italy to study cheesemaking techniques there, and as a result, the foundation combined traditional Italian cheesemaking practices with Greek recipes. The foundation still produces many cheeses in small quantities, using exclusively local milk and traditional methods and are famous for their smoked metsovone.