Manchego cheese, with its name, tells us where it comes from, from a tradition rooted in the Castilian-La Mancha countryside and the land of La Mancha. Manchego cheese has a long tradition and a reputation that has been proven for centuries. Its history is that of a cheese protected by a Designation of Origin (D.O.), made from milk from Manchego sheep, reared and fed in the protected territory.
This cheese is known worldwide mainly because of the many references Cervantes makes to it in Don Quixote and Sancho Panza and because it is present on every Spanish cheese shelf in international supermarkets. It is, if not the oldest in its production, one of the oldest, as archaeological remains from the Bronze Age have been found that prove the production of this cheese. There are many variants of this cheese that come from the La Mancha region that are not under the D.O. but are of equally high quality.
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