Exciting news for Queso Castellano: it recently received Protected Geographical Indication status after complying with all of the European Commission’s requirements. The process began initially in July of 2015. According to the EU, “The protection for ‘Queso Castellano’ as a Protected Indication is based on tradition, specificity and its reputation. Castile-León now boasts an abundance of raw materials of the highest quality, as it is the leading region in Spain in terms of both dairy sheep production and the amount of sheep’s cheese produced.”
This new status will allow the Castile-León Federation of Dairy Companies to move forward with one of its main goals: to boost production of quality sheep’s cheese from the region using time-honored traditional methods.
Now producers associated with the brand are able to include the PGI status on their labels, providing consumers with a quality guarantee in terms of the production process and where the raw materials came from.Queso Castellano is a full-fat or extra full-fat cheese obtained by enzymatic coagulation and intense pressing. It has a long shelf life and is made with raw or pasteurized milk from sheep on Castile-León farms. It has a minimum maturation period of 30 days for cheeses that weigh up to 1.5 kilograms and 60 days for heavier cheeses. It has a very intense flavor that is both salty and acidic and an aroma of caramel and animal. It’s slightly spicy and has notes of nuts as well as fruits and vegetables.