f there is a characteristic and exquisitely flavoured cheese in our country it is Manchego. This cheese attained its Designation of Origin in 1991 and it is made solely with milk from sheep of the autochthonous Manchego breed. The production and manufacturing area encompasses municipal districts in the provinces of Albacete, Ciudad Real, Cuenca and Toledo, which in all come together to form the La Mancha region.
It has to be cylindrical in shape, with flat upper and lower faces and its may curve gently outwards. Both faces bear a drawing known as “flor”, made up of symmetrical lines with their corresponding recess which divides the circumference into four parts. This drawing mirrors that left by the wooden boards used as the press base. The side bears a basket-weave drawing which, in the past was left by the esparto grass braid.
A serial-numbered casein tab is placed on the bottom face of each cheese during the moulding and pressing phase of their production. On this tab we can read, “Designation of Origin MANCHEGO”.
Consumer products will have a numbered counterlabel stuck to their commercial label which is issued by the Manchego Cheese Designation of Origin Regulating Council, this assuring that the cheese has passed its quality controls. This is placed in the cheese dairy and always in such a way that avoids it ever being reused.
We not only present a unique product as is Manchego cheese, but we also offer a broader product range with which we hope to cover our consumers’ needs.
We treat our customers as part of our company, maintaining close relations with them by applying a feedback policy.
We control the production process for beginning to end and we make our dairy farmers an integral part of our project; they take part in it and evolve with us, hence we achieve the best product and the highest quality assurance.
Anyone who has tasted our cheese agrees that it is a perfect reflection of the La Mancha spirit. This is due to the care we take at each stage of the production process, taking the craftsmanship of cheese-making into account.
Our company works in a serious and responsible way, and our export record is our guarantee; our cheese is consumed around the world in countries like Australia, South Africa, the Unites States, Germany, the United Kingdom, Switzerland or France. We are our proud of the polite and respectful commercial dealings we have with all our customers and collaborators.
ESPERANZA DEL CASTILLO CHEESES are made using the local expertise in the same way since 1952, we continue using traditional tools in the production process such as covering cloth or extra virgin olive oil bathing so we can get high quality in each piece of cheese.