Organic Goat and Sheep Cheese Tasting at Podere Il Casale, Pienza, Italy

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.

Final thoughts

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.

3 Replies to “Organic Goat and Sheep Cheese Tasting at Podere Il Casale, Pienza, Italy”

  1. Ulisse Reply

    Thanks for the nice post. Very well done !

  2. Belle Reply

    This sounds like heaven to me! How did you enjoy the cheese? Do you think the taste was much better due to it being organic?

    • Dumitru Brinzan Reply

      The cheese was very tasty, not sure if that is thanks to it being organic or not.
      I’m sure some people would be happy to eat cheese from unpasteurized milk, while others will avoid it at all costs.

      Either way, I was most surprised by the apples+celery chutney, it was fantastic! I thought that cheese+honey is the greatest combo you can try, until I tried this chutney. Fantastic!

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