Castile and Leon cheeses have received 34 awards at World Cheese Awards, the world’s most important international cheese contest that was held in Birmingham (England) with the participation of more than 2,600 cheeses from 19 countries.
The jury, consisting of 201 expert tasters of this product has awarded a Grand Gold prize to the matured shear sheep’s cheese of the company Industrias Lácteas Benaventanas, Ilbesa, and another to the Señorío de Castilla cheese, which belongs to the PDO Queso Zamorano and produced by the company Lácteas Castellano-Leonesas S.A.
In addition, the Fundador matured sheep cheese, the DM Añejo sheep cheese and Fundador Viejo sheep cheese, all of them produced by Industrias Lácteas Benaventabas, have received the gold qualification in these prices, together with Quesería Artesanal Mucientes sheep semi matured cheese and Quesería Montequesos S.Lsemi matured Montequesos .
For their part, the silver award of World Cheese Awards was given to the goat cheese El Pastor de la Polvorosa, in the category of goat cheese with additives, to the matured shear sheep cheese, both belonging to Ilbesa; to the black label Pago los Vivales sheep raw milk cheese; to the Manzer matured cheese elaborated with raw goat milk and to Montequesos with extra virgin olive oil; to the Campoveja de Herederos of Felix Sanz Artisan cheese; to the Sadornil Castrillo brothers Peña Amaya cheese, and to the industry Gestión Agro Ganadera torta Caprichos de la Pastora.
In the bronze category the cheeses of the region have been also awarded. In particular, the sheep raw milk soft cheese and the Green label of Pago los Vivales sheep raw milk semi matured cheese; the llbesa DM semi matured sheep cheese; the Quesería Montequesos Semi matured sheep cheese; the semi matured cheese from Campoveja; the semi matured sheep cheese, the cream with pine nuts cheese from Medina and the blended semi matured El Gran Cardenal; the Entrepinares matured Iberian cheese; the Campoestrella sheep cheese; the Campoveja smoked cheese, the Mantequerías Arias fresh traditional Angulo cheese; the Quesos Cerrato matured Cerrato Granate cheese; the Mucientes cheese (Quesería Artesanal de Mucientes); the matured Castellano, Castellano Añejo, Iberian and Zamoran cheeses produced by El Pastor de la Polvorosa.
Importance of the sector
Castile and Leon produces the third part of the domestic cheese production. This figure reaches 70% of the national total in the case of pure sheep cheese.
The potential of the community concerning cheeses is not only related to the amount but it is also guaranteed for its quality. This community has three quality certified figures for this product: PDO Queso Zamorano, GI Queso de Valdeón and Guarantee brand Queso Arribes of Salamanca.
Figures that are joined by the collective brand Queso Castellano, created by the Dairy Industries Federation of Castile and Leon and introduced April 14th of this year. An ensign that even if it is new, has already managed to have 23 companies registered with an estimated production that will certify under the brand of 10,000,000 kg.