Villajos: Artisan Manchego cheeses with denomination of origin
The Regulating Council of the Denomination of Origin of the Manchego cheese is the organization in charge of the certification of the artisan Manchego cheese according to the EN-45011 rule stablished by the National Accreditation Bureau. The Regulating Council holds responsability for the artisan Manchego cheese, subject of certification, fulfills all the stablished requirements (specification for the protected denomination of origin).
The Regulating Council establishes the regions covered by the denomination of origin certification which add up to 4,419,763 hectares including 399 local entities from Albacete, Ciudad Real, Cuenca and Toledo. The Manchego cheese is made from pressed paste form Manchego sheep’s milk whose ripening period lasts minimum 30 days for cheeses with a weight not reaching the 1.5 kg, 60 days for the rest of formats and a maximum of 2 years. The sheep’s milk cannot contain medicinal products that might affect negatively the cheese’s production, ripening and preservation.