Lanzarote Winners – Cheese Awards

The World Cheese Awards 2023-2024,  organised by the Guild of Fine Food,  took place in October in Trondheim, Norway.

A truly global cheese event, the 35th edition of the Awards brought together cheesemakers, retailers, buyers and food commentators worldwide to judge over 4,000 cheeses from over 40 countries.

This year Lanzarote cheeses have won a total of 12 medals (as many as last year) produced by 3 “Queserías” or cheesemakers, broken down as follows:  1 gold, 3 silver and 8 bronze.

 

This is the list of the island winners ordered alphabetically by “Quesería”:

FINCA DE UGA:

(https://fincadeuga.com/) located on La Geria Road, Km 18 (Yaiza)

Gold medal for Untado en Pimentón
It’s a matured cheese produced with sheep milk. It has fruity aromas of dried fruits with a slight acidity and spiciness.

Bronze medal for their Bodega Oveja
It’s a matured cheese produced with sheep milk. It has aromas of dried fruits such as roasted almonds, slight acidity and little spiciness.

Bronze medal for Don Nicolás
It’s a matured cheese produced with cow milk. It has slightly lactic aromas, sweet touches, caramel, toasted and a bit fruity.

Bronze medal for Rojillo
It’s a semicured cheese produced with goat milk. It has lactic aromas of dried fruits, with a slight acidity and spiciness.

Bronze medal for Vulcano
It’s a semicured cheese produced with a mix of cow, goat and sheep milk. It has a lactic flavour, with hints of dried fruits and a slight acidity.

QUESERÍA EL FARO:

(https://queseriaelfaro.es/) located on the road from Teguise to Mozaga, Km 4.2 (Teguise)

Silver medal for Queso de Cabra Tierno Natural
It’s a soft cheese produced with goat milk. It has a yoghurt aroma and a Flavour slightly reminiscent of nuts.

Silver medal for Queso de Cabra Semicurado Pimentón
It’s a semicured cheese produced with goat milk. It has floral / tropical aromas with lactic nuances and its flavour has a hint of dried fruits.

Silver medal for Queso de Cabra Curado Natural
It’s a cured cheese produced with goat milk. It has floral / tropical aromas with lactic nuances and its flavour has a hint of dried fruits too.

Bronze medal for Queso Tierno Ahumado
It’s a soft cheese produced with goat milk. It has an aroma of wood shavings with a lactic flavour, very soluble in the mouth, with toasted touches and a cocoa aftertaste.

Bronze medal for Queso de Cabra Curado Pimentón
It’s a cured cheese produced with goat milk. It also has floral / tropical aromas with lactic nuances and its flavour has a hint of dried fruits.

QUESERÍA MONTAÑA BLANCA:

(https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100057312465355) located on Calle las Rosas, 21 in Montaña Blanca (San Bartolomé)

Bronze medal for Queso Guatisea Semicurado

Bronze medal for Queso Guatisea Viejo

We couldn’t find any notes for the Guatisea cheeses so if any of you have tried it, we would love to hear what you think of them.

Some of the above have already been awarded medals in the past, some it’s the first year that they receive them.

Remember that you will be able to try them soon at the Saborea Festival in Teguise on the 25th & 26th of November. Bookmark this article: https://lanzaroteinformation.co.uk/festival-enogastronomico-saborea-lanzarote/ as it will be updated as soon as the information for this year’s biggest gastronomy fair in Lanzarote is available.

And of course, congratulations to the winning Queserías!

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