Artisan Sharp Manchego Cheese - 1 Pound
- Silver Medal at 2021 World Cheese Awards
- Full, sharp flavor - aged six months
- From pasture-raised sheep
- Small family producer
- Raw milk cheese
- Size - 1 lb/454 gr wedge
Ever since we tasted this aged Manchego from the renowned Villajos family, our idea of outstanding cheese changed. How could Manchego be so nutty and bold? The answer is milk: the family churns the freshest sheep’s milk in small batches to make a truly artisan cheese. This semi-aged Manchego is so much richer than factory-made versions, your first bite will not be your last!
The Villajos family has perfected the art of making Manchego cheese. Local Manchega sheep graze in pastures full of flowers and herbs that give their milk its full flavor. Each morning the milk is quickly delivered to the Villajos factory.
Under the steady hand of master cheese maker, Beni, the ivory-colored raw milk is heated and churned, then pressed into baskets. Here, the cheese forms its familiar wheel that will be aged for 6 months before it is ready. The result of longer aging is a firmer, sharper version of Manchego, with slight similarities to Parmigiano or even top quality cheddar. As cheese ages, it loses moisture: to prevent it from drying out, Villajos makes this version in larger wheels.
It is great served with something sweet, like quince jam or wildflower honey. This older Manchego also completes a tapas spread nicely, alongside favorites like Jamón Ibérico or Manzanilla olives.
The Villajos have been recognized for their outstanding cheeses. This particular cheese earned a Gran Selección Silver Medal for Manchego in 2005, at the annual food and agriculture fair hosted by the regional Government of Castilla-La Mancha where it is made. It also won a Silver Medal at the 2021 World Cheese Awards. With one taste, you’ll see why!
Unpasteurized sheep's milk, salt, rennet, starter culture, egg lysosome.
Contains MILK, EGG.
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Use and Care
This cheese may be refrigerated up to 6 months when unopened, and 3 to 4 weeks after opening. We do not recommend freezing cheese as it degrades the quality of the product.
Eating the rind is not recommended.
Spots on the exterior can be wiped off with a cloth lightly dampened with olive oil or can be cut off.
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Iliana - Oxnard, CA March 2023
"This was excellent cheese!!!!!!!"
Ann - Maywood, NJ April 2022
EDWARD - IVERNESS, FL January 2022
"Best Cheese wver. "
d - Lemont, IL December 2021
"Brought back great memories of my time stationed in Zaragoza "
Nick - Toano, VA October 2021
"Lately, the manchego cheese I've purchased has been rubbery and fake tasting. This is the real deal. Great sharp -- REAL -- taste!!!"
Carmen - Fort Lee, NJ July 2021
"This cheese is as good as it gets for aged Manchego. Great with any of the chorizos."
Dr. - JACKSONVILLE, NC June 2014
Erick - SAINT ROBERT, MO June 2014
"Loved the young aged Manchego. Smooth semi-soft texture and full flavor. It was excellent. ¡Sabroso!"
Enid - Chelmsford, MA May 2014
"The best manchego I've ever had. Ordered twice!"
LINDA - FORTUNA, CA March 2013
"This was a Christmas gift...Feedback from my son was that he was enjoying it VERY much!"
Miriam - Succasunna, New Jersey January 2013