Podere Il Casale is an organic farm near Pienza, province of Siena, Tuscany region, Italy. Owned by a Swiss couple the farm produces a wide range of organic cheeses, olive oil and wine. A restaurant is also available with a menu rich in seasonal organic ingredients.
The only available tour was at 16:00 so I was not lucky enough to see the milking process or the production of cheese itself, as fresh milk is processed in the morning.
Pecorino is the name of a family of hard Italian cheeses made from sheep’s milk. The word derives from Italian pecora meaning ‘sheep’.
Caprino is the name of Italian cheeses made from goat’s milk. The word derives from Italian capra meaning ‘goat’.
Now you know.
Pecorino, caprino, ricotta, feta and quark are produced here.
The milk used comes from the Podere’s livestock and, in the full respect of our philosophy, production is carried out without pasteurization and cheese ripening varies in length and mode.
The caprino cheese of Podere Il Casale was awarded in 2008 the first national prize “Le forme del Bio” (literally meaning ‘the forms of organic [cheese]’).
Its Pecorino Fresco won the first prize in a contest of pecorino cheeses from the city of Pienza.
I have to highlight the fact that this is indeed a farm with plenty of animals, so the smell corresponds to the location. It is not too strong, but keep it in mind when visiting.
These photos were taken on 17th of October 2016.