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ASTURIAS

Situated in the north of Spain and delimited by an area in the Cantabrian mountain range, Asturias receives its water from the Sella, Nalón and Navía rivers. It has an Atlantic climate, with a privileged meteorology for the development of livestock breeding, since this area offers excellent grazing lands. Asturias is first amongst the Spanish regions in cow’s milk production, but there is also a great number of sheep and goats. Its cheeses are the most varied in terms of shapes, flavors, consistency, types of milk used, etc. The primitive astur villages greatly influenced their Galician and Cantabrian neighbors and they coincide in the predominance of livestock breeding throughout the regions. In the prehistoric Asturian caves we can find paintings representing bulls, horses or fallow deer. This demonstrates the antique existence of mammals in the region and leads us to believe that milk was an important part of those historic people’s diet. In the Ethnographic Museum of Oviedo (Museo Etnográfico de Oviedo) we can find a wonderful exposition of antique utensils used for cheese production, such as copper vats, ceramic cheese plates, wooden spoons and much more. The most remarkable Asturian cheeses would be Cabrales, Buelles, Porrúa, Arangas, Peñamellera, Vidiago, Los Beyos, Oscos, Casín, Gamonedo, Pría or Afuega´l Pitu.


Zonas queseras de ASTURIAS

Peñamellera Alta
Peñamellera Alta county is located in the eastern part of Asturias, bordering with the Cuera mountain range, separated from this by the town of Llanes.

Peñamellera Alta
Peñamellera Alta county is located in the eastern part of Asturias, bordering with the Cuera mountain range, separated from this by the town of Llanes.

Varé region
The region of Varé is located in the Asturian county of Siero. In this area, traditionally predominated by cow breeding, goat breeding has been developed since some 20 years ago.

Cabrales
Impressive peaks, sharp gorges and sublime nature. This is an Atlantic climate, with a great variety of vegetation and a strong livestock breeding tradition. The county of Cabrales is located in the heart of the Picos de Europa mountain range. It is an area of rough but intimate beauty, where the occasional traveler feels completely in contact with nature.

Campo of Caso and Sobrescorbio counties
These counties are located in the Cantabrian mountain range, at the beginning of the Nalón river.

Cornión region
This region is eminently a cheese producing area, with an Atlantic climate and abundant livestock breeding. The rich vegetation offers magnificent pastures for the livestock. Near the Covadonga National Park (Parque Nacional de Covadonga) the mountainous region of Cornión can be found, where this variety of cheese is produced. This cheese was born in the towns of Onis and Cangas de Onis though it is also produced in Bobias, Silviella, Avín, Talaveru, El Castru, Demués…

Eastern Asturias
In Cirieño, located in Sebarga parish, county of Amieva, there is a dairy dedicated to producing the Beyos cheese with pasteurized milk, following the norms dictated by the administration and with its corresponding sanitary register.

Llanes county
This county is located in the extreme eastern part of Asturias, in the north of Spain. This is an Atlantic climate with quite varied vegetation. The climate offers magnificent conditions for the development of livestock breeding. It borders the Cantabrian sea, which covers all the coast of Llanes, with all its beaches. The L’Aguadamia and Cabra rivers also border this county, and separate Ribadesella and Ribadedeva. To the south the high coastal mountains rise to separate this county from others such as Cangas de Onís, Onís, Cabrales, Peñamellera Alta and Peñamellera Baja. The county is a rectangle of some 260 km2 (162 mi2), extending 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) from east to west and 8 kilometers (5 miles) at most from north to south.

Morcín and Riosa counties
In the central area of Asturias, in the counties of Morcín and Riosa (all along the Nalón river), the Afuega’l Pitu cheese is produced.

Taramundi county
Taramundi county is located in the western part of Asturias, bordering with Lugo province.

Vidiago region
In the east of Asturias we can find Vidiago region, between mountains and sea. Located between the mountains of Cuera and the Cantabrian sea, this beautiful area offers extraordinary prairies dotted with farm houses. These prairies are grazing lands for a large number of livestock that coexist in this region, accompanied by mountainous landscape that has all maintained the Vidiago cheese alive.

Western Asturias
From here we can see a small meadow dotted with such crops as potatoes, legumes and cereals, all of which is dedicated to self consumption. Next to these meadows, we can find ample prairies which have been fertilized and irrigated. This is the perfect grazing land for the not-so-numerous livestock. This area is completed with rich pastures in the higher lands up to about 2.000 meters (6.000 feet). At this altitude, weather permitting, the livestock lives in freedom, returning to the shelter of their respective stables at nightfall. Long ago, Castillian and Extremeñan flocks arrived here by way of muddy paths with their shepherds, who brought wine, wheat and olive oil. These were the same shepherds who invented the “pleitas”, esparto rings used to mold the cheese they had produced, and whose method was then adopted by the inhabitants of Xinestoso and then transmitted from parents to children.

REGIONS AND CHEESES
ASTURIAS
Peñamellera Alta
Peñamellera
Taramundi county
Taramundi
Cabrales
Cabrales
Morcín and Riosa counties
Afuega´l Pitu