There are projects that become lifetime achievements. Vale da Estrela is a one of them. This Serra da Estrela cheese brand is a love letter to a whole community, to shepherds and to women cheese-makers. A tribute to memory made by a prestigious former minister and politician, Jorge Coelho, who never forgot his roots.
Vale da Estrela produces the finest DOP Serra da Estrela cheese in a modern factory located in Mangualde, a city in the surroundings of Viseu. The basic ingredients are: raw milk, thistle flower (Cynara cardunculus), salt ... and wisdom. This Serra da Estrela cheese is made only with the milk of Bordaleira sheep breed. Thistle flower and salt are added to this unique milk to allow it to curdle. The curd is then drained and made into cheese by the hands of devoted women cheese makers.