- From Grazalema, a high-altitude nature preserve
- Made from 85% goat's milk, 15% sheep's milk
- Handmade in Villaluenga del Rosario, population 471
- From local Payoyo goats and Grazalema sheep
- Named Best Cheese in Spain 2013
- Size - 14 oz/396 gr
Imagine an ideal blend of tangy goat's milk cheese and rich sheep's milk cheese in one decadent bite. Queso Payoyo marries these two cherished characters of the dairy world to create a cheese so flavorful, balanced and fragrant it is utterly addictive. Though this Spanish cheese resembles the famed Manchego with its crosshatch rind, this butter-colored cheese is softer and creamier.
Payoyo is so delicious it was named Spain's Best Cheese by the Ministry of Agriculture in its category in 2013. Plus it won a bronze medal in 2014 from the World's Best Cheese awards.
Before you indulge, tempt your taste buds by enjoying the cheese’s aroma and find hints of herbs, butter and cheesecake. Then place a thin slice on your tongue where it will melt and release its sweet, perfectly salted flavor followed by a welcome, tangy finish. Add this lesser known cheese to your cheese or tapas platter, enjoy with crusty bread or simply pair bites with a medium-bodied red wine or dry sherry.
Payoyo cheese is crafted out of loyalty to the classic cheeses of the region. Produced from the goats and sheep of local farmers in Grazalema, it is recognized in the catalog of traditional cheeses from Spain and the European Economic Community. The Payoyo goats are a rare and prized breed whose milk has contributed to this cheese’s internationally celebrated and award winning status.
It all started when Andrés Peña and Carlos Rios decided to recover the local cheese-making tradition that had almost been lost to modern ways. They committed themselves to only using milk from the ancient breeds of this area: Payoyo goats and Grazalema Merina sheep. They wander the wild hillsides eating grasses and herbs, lending a delicious complexity to the cheeses. The Payoyo factory is based in the village of Villaluenga del Rosario, population 471, and is a centerpiece to the local economy.
Grazalema is a beautiful, rugged, mountainous area in the province of Cádiz. Surprisingly, for a town in Andalucía, it is the rainiest place in Spain due to the fact that the mountains around it are the first barriers that the clouds from the Atlantic Ocean meet upon hitting land. Much of the region is a nature park since a reserve was established there in 1977.
Pasteurized goat's milk, sheep's milk, salt, rennet, milk enzymes and egg lysozyme.
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Customer ReviewsAverage rating from 5 reviews Write a review
"This cheese was very good and we are enjoying it."
Charles Matthews - Birmingham, MI - Mar 16, 2015
"Excellent mixture of "goaty" flavor and "sheepy" flavor. I do not care for a strong goat cheese flavor. The sheep's milk in this cheese really tames it while letting some "goatiness" come through."
Arlene Mickols - Tenino, WA - Nov 10, 2014
"I REALLY LIKE THIS CHEESE! ITS UNIQUE FLAVOR HAS MY FRIENDS ASKING WHERE I GOT IT!"
Wendy Gosselin - Whitinsville, Massachusetts - Oct 22, 2014
"Fabulous cheese, great flavor and depth. One slice is not enough!"
MLTaylor - Tampa, FL - Oct 6, 2014
"Published 27 December in “Cosas de Come” Cadiz web site: "The Spanish Ministry of Agriculture and Fishing awarded, for the third time, the title Best Cheese in Spain to the Payoyo cheese." I personnaly brought home a full wheel of Payoyo from our trip to El Puerto de Santa Maria, Cadiz last April and two wedges from La Tinda last week. It is worth every euro/dollar."
Bill Mihok - Williamsburg, VA - Jan 9, 2014