Delicious, healthy and with a host of different flavours, all of them exquisite. Any time of the day and all year round, as an appetiser or an ingredient in a main course or pudding. Come and sample the cheeses of Spain. You'll be surprised by the sheer variety and quality, guaranteed by the Designation of Origin seal. They are, without doubt, a fundamental part of Spanish cuisine.

Spain is home to over 100 different cheeses: from unripened to mature, fermented, mould-ripened or smoked - a rich variety that underlines, among many other things, the sheer diversity of Spain's climates, landscapes and ecosystems, and the significant amount of cow, goat and sheep's milk the country produces. Sample the delights of a product that has been made for thousands of years and which has long occupied a place in the history and culture of our land.

Despite industrial advances over the centuries, the tradition of cheese-making by hand is still alive and well in Spain. Whatever cheese you decide to buy, make sure you choose one with the Designation of Origin (D.O.) seal - a guarantee of quality. The D.O. regulates food production and product characteristics. Protected by European Union regulations, it certifies the quality and authenticity of Spain's best known food products such as ham, wine, olive oil and cheese, to name but a few.

Each area of Spain produces its own cheeses. Take note - there is a wide range of flavours to choose from: Manchego (Castile-La Mancha), Idiazabal (Basque Country), Roncal (Navarre), Mahon (Balearic Islands) , Tetilla (Galicia), Cabrales (Asturias), Majorero (Canary Isles), etc. We recommend you try these traditional delights with some of the fine wines Spain produces - the perfect combination. Why not take some cheeses home with you? A delicious souvenir that is also the perfect gift for friends and family.

Spread on bread or finely sliced, an ideal complement for salads or enjoyed on its own. Eat as a "tapa" or a tasty treat any time of the day. So come and enjoy the cheeses of Spain. Bon appetit!

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