About Us

About Us

The Forte family have been making gelato for three generations, and it all started in 1926 when our grandfather Alfonso Forte arrived in Swanage having left his home in the Italian municipality of Casalattico. He went on to open the first Forte’s Ice Creamery on Swanage seafront and ran the business alongside his four sons.

Today, thanks to our grandfather’s hard work and dedication, our family have been making gelato in Swanage for over 90 years. Our product has proved extremely popular over the decades, and continues to be today.

All our gelato and sorbets are freshly handmade on the premises of our gelateria in Swanage. We strive to create a truly unique and authentic artisan product by combining our exclusive family recipes and using only the finest ingredients available.

We are proud of our Italian heritage and to be continuing our small family run business after so many years. We believe that the quality of our product and customer service is reflective of this personal touch.


Awards and Recognitions

We have achieved numerous awards over the years for our gelato. Here are some of our more recent achievements:


National Ice Cream Competition:
  • WINNER – Dairy Ice Cream: Robert Equi Cup
  • Silver Medal – Cremino (Ice Cream Open Flavour Class)
  • Bronze Medal – Mango Frozen Yoghurt
  • Special Diploma of Merit – Strawberry


National Ice Cream Competition:
  • Gold Medal – Blackcurrant Frozen Yoghurt
  • Bronze Medal – Hazelnut (Ice Cream Open Flavour Class)
  • Bronze Medal – Raspberry Ripple
  • Special Diploma of Merit – Pistachio
  • Diploma of Merit – Mint Choc Chip
  • Diploma of Merit – Chocolate
  • Diploma – Vanilla (Dairy Ice Cream Artisan)


Great Taste Awards:
  • Small Artisan Producer of the Year
  • 3 Star – Sicilian Pistachio
  • 2 Star – Crema Vaniglia
  • 2 Star – Piemonte Hazelnut
  • 1 Star – Madagascan Chocolate

National Ice Cream Competition:
  • Silver Medal – Passionfruit Yoghurt
  • Bronze Medal - Chocolate
  • Special Diploma of Merit – Raspberry Sorbet
  • Diploma – Vanilla (Dairy Ice Cream Artisan Class)


Great Taste Awards:
  • 1 Star – Pistachio