It’s official: the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food have presented the Alimentos de España food industry awards for the best cheeses of 2019. The objective of these awards, now in their 10th edition, is to raise the profile of Spanish cheeses and highlight their quality and organoleptic qualities. This year 223 cheeses participated in the event.
For 2019, the most outstanding candidate was Cremositos del Zújar, by Arteserena SL in Campanario, Badajoz, which received the highest organoleptic score in the blind tasting. It took home the Special Alimentos de España Award for the Best Cheese of 2019 and also the Best Aged Sheep’s Milk Cheese.
Other categories and winners included Best Aged Cow’s Cheese, which went to Lácteos Anzuxao SL for its PDO Tetilla cheese Pazo de Anzuxao. The Best Aged Goat’s Milk Cheese went to Esperanza del Castillo SL for its El Retamar de Cabra cheese, while the Best Aged Mixed Milk Cheese was Pajarete from Lopicomo SL. The Best Aged Cheese with Mold was Flor de Dehesa by Hacienda Zorita-Farm Foods SLU.
To choose the winners, the Ministry worked with 24 highly experienced professional tasters from regulatory councils, tasting associations, universities, research centers, the media, producer associations, and food distribution companies from all over Spain.
These awards for cheese are part of the Ministry’s Alimentos de España Strategy, the objective of which is to highlight Spanish products for their outstanding quality and create synergies with other sectors, like tourism, culture, the environment and healthcare.