Are the best cheeses in the world made in Spain? According to the judges of the World Cheese Awards, which were held recently in Wales, the answer is yes. A total of 4,434 cheeses from forty countries took part in this edition and the Super Gold medal was won by 17 Spanish cheesemakers. As far as the Canary Islands are concerned, two of the regional cheeses are among the award-winning products.
This is the reason for celebration within the Canarian cheese making sector as the World Cheese Awards is the most valued cheese event in the world where the jury is made up of international connoisseurs, buyers and gastronomic commentators from all over the world.
Spain won 95 gold medals, 172 silvers and 282 bronzes. The competition tables were crowded with tastings of these cheeses, and the jury was divided into groups of three to taste them. The best rated of all was Adiano, a Manchego cheese with Designation of Origin made on the Ciudad Real farm, which has won nine awards in its first year. Another of the Spanish cheeses that received gold was a semi-cured goat cheese from Formatges Muntanyola, from the Fundació Ampans social project.
Two Canarian cheeses, recognised with ‘Super Gold’ awards
Not only that the two Spanish cheeses were highly recognised during the World Cheese Awards, but also further 15 Spanish cheese makers also won the ‘Super Gold’ awards. Among these 15 are the producers of two Canarian cheeses: Bodega Oveja (Finca de Uga S.L., in Yaiza, Lanzarote) and Pajonales Curado Bolaños (Quesos Bolaños, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria).
Such a prestigious recognition is all the more reason to get a taste of these, as well as many other typical cheeses produced uniquely in the Canary Islands.