Manchego PDO is one of the most popular and well-known cheeses from mainland Spain. The cheese is made in the La Mancha region of Spain, which is also home to Don Quixote, from ewe’s milk that comes from the Manchega breed of sheep. The Corcuera Family was the first in all of Castilla La Mancha to make and commercialize Manchego Cheese. They produce the cheese in Toledo province. The cheese gained its PDO status in 1984 and comes under the PDO (DOP) guidelines.
The cheeses are aged anywhere between 60 days to 2 years. This one is a year old and has the characteristic crunchy calcium crystals and deep caramel nutty notes. Manchego PDO is a firm, slightly buttery, open textured cheese with a nutty flavour, that is distinctive, although not too strong, and leaves an aftertaste that is characteristic to ewe’s milk cheeses.
Manchego PDO often has uneven air pockets distributed throughout its surface. The colour of the cheese varies from white to ivory with tinges of yellow depending on its age. The traditional use of grass moulds leaves a distinctive, characteristic zigzag pattern on the Manchego cheese. The rind is inedible with a distinctive, traditional herringbone basket weave pattern, pressed on it. A typical ear wheat pattern is pressed onto the top and bottom wheels of the cheese.
This cheese is perfect for enjoying with Sherry or with quince paste.
Please note all cheeses are hand-cut, therefore the weights listed are approximate. We work very hard to cut them as accurately as we can!