The Cheeses of the Sierra de Cádiz, near to get the UE Protected Designation of Origin

The Sierra de Cádiz could soon have a new stimulus of great value for its recognized and award-winning cheeses, through the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO). To this end, on Tuesday, March 7, members of the Association of Cheese Producers of the Sierra de Cádiz met with institutional and technical representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Andalusian Government, who guaranteed their full involvement in To advance so that in a short time, even this year, that Denomination of Origin is a reality with beneficial effects. In the region of the Sierra, 70% of the artisanal cheese factories of Cadiz are concentrated. This sector of handmade cheese is made up of more than a dozen processing industries, with a production of around 500,000 kilos per year of cheese, mainly goat cheese, but also sheep and a mixture of the above. Production of these handmade cheeses is included in the historical region of the Sierra de Cádiz.


It is formed by the municipalities of: Alcalá de los Gazules, Alcalá del Valle, Algar, Algodonales, Arcos de la Frontera, Benahocaz, Bornos, El Bosque, El Gastor, Espera, Grazalema, Jerez de la Frontera (up to the margin Left of the Guadalete River), Jimena de la Frontera, Olvera, Paterna de la Rivera, Prado del Rey, Puerto Serrano, San José del Valle, Setenil de las Bodegas, Torrecalli, Torrecera, Ubrique, Villamartn, Villaluenga del Rosario and Zahara de la Mountain range. It is therefore a sector with great specific weight in the labor activity of the region, has achieved its dynamism and productive conversion, offering an exponential and constant increase in the number of workers employed, currently surpassing the hundred and far above indirect jobs . Its international prestige is recognized year after year and it collaborates to a great extent to the development and tourist promotion of the Mountain range of Cadiz.

The Association of Cheese Producers of the Sierra de Cádiz has been working since 2014 to achieve this Protected Designation of Origin for the Cheeses of the Sierra de Cádiz, although steps have already been taken since 2003. This same Association, which includes some 15 producers, also reinforces its defense decided by the Autochthonous Race of goat Payoya and Merina de Grazalema, which enjoy their endorsed certification, while increasing the actions for unequivocal union of the collective Of cheese makers and dairy sector, together with the determined support of the provincial and autonomous administrations. The road is already marked and with imminent effects.

This Protected Denomination of Origin (DOP) for the Sierra de Cádiz cheeses would allow a great boost to the sector, consolidation, economic, labor and tourism stability of the Sierra de Cádiz. The Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) identifies foodstuffs originating in a particular place, region or exceptionally a country. The legislation allows some names to be assimilated to PDOs even if the raw materials, whether live animals, meat or milk used to produce the product, come from a wider geographical area than the defined area or even from an area other than Provided they meet certain conditions. The quality or characteristics of that product are due essentially or exclusively to the particular geographical environment, with all those natural and human factors inherent to it. And in addition that product must be elaborated in all the phases of its production, in that defined geographical area. Something that this Protected Denomination of Origin will certainly strengthen.

Autor entrada: Francisco Camacho