HACIENDA GUIJOSO D.O. Manchego cheese is made from the milk of our pure-bred Manchegan ewes on our own farm.
All of our ewes undergo the strictest genetic selection process which, as part of AGRAMA (the largest association in the world for Manchegan ewe livestock), conforms to the very highest standards of quality. One of the keys to cheese quality is the quality of the milk used. Two factors play a role in this: firstly, the breed of the ewes, and secondly the food eaten by the ewes. At Pago Guijoso, the food eaten by our ewes is produced naturally and organically and consists mainly of a diet rich in protein and fats, such as ryegrass, corn, wheat, barley, peas, broccoli and cauliflower.
Once we have obtained the highest quality milk, our D.O. Manchego cheese is made in the time-honoured traditional manner, the essence of which has been inspired by the master cheesemakers of old, as we seek to bring out the quality of the raw material in the final product.
The second and the most important stage in the making of our cheese is the ageing process or “affinage”. The world’s greatest cheeses have been traditionally aged underground on wooden boards in conditions of natural humidity and temperature. However, we have taken this process one step further: in addition to ageing our cheeses in a specially-designed underground cave, we also leave them to rest on sabina wood boards. Sabina wood is of unparalleled quality both in terms of resistance and in its unmistakeable aroma. This latter quality confers superb elegance to our cheeses, making them the best artisanal farmhouse Manchego cheeses in the world.
GRAN RESERVA AGED 12-13 MONTHS Aged at least 12 to 13 months.
This cheese carries the “Protected Designation of Origin” seal and is made with raw milk from ewes from our own sheep farm. It has a superb bouquet is and an intense, lingering flavour with hints of candy and walnuts. It is aged in caves on Sabina wood boards for 7 months and covered with butter for ease of cutting.
AGED 9-10 MONTHS Aged at least 9 to 10 months.
This cheese carries the “Protected Designation of Origin” seal and is made with raw milk from ewes from our own sheep farm. It displays a yellow colour and has a firm texture and intense flavour. A cheese of great character with hints of sabina wood coming through. The true taste of cave-aged cheese.
SEMI-AGED 6-7 MONTHS Aged at least 6 to 7 months.
This cheese carries the “Protected Designation of Origin” seal and is made with raw milk from ewes from our own sheep farm. With notes of butter and pastry, it reveals light touches of acidity and a creamy flavour on the palate with a very pleasant texture.
SEMI-AGED, MEDIUM-AGEING 3-4 MONTHS Aged at least 3 to 4 months.
An intense flavour and a smooth finish with nutty notes coming through (walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts). An ivory-like colour with few holes. This cheese carries the “Protected Designation of Origin” seal and is made with raw milk from ewes from our own sheep farm.