The consortium defends the historical-cultural heritage by safeguarding the production of typical Sicilian spun paste cheese made entirely of sheep's milk. Consists of more than 50 members among producers of milk, cheese makers and public institutions, the consortium promotes, protects and enhances the 'Vastedda della Valle del Belìce' PDO cheese through events, activities and proposal.
Vastedda PDO manufacturers Consortium results
The Vastedda della Valle del Belìce obtained the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) by the European Union, whose regulation was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 29 October 2010.
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The protected designation of origin 'Vastedda della Valle del Belìce PDO' is reserved for the spun paste cheese, made from sheeps reared in the Valle del Belìce.
Needs all skills of sicilians cheesemakers to adapt the technique of 'filatura' (spun paste) to sheep's milk. The Vastedda della valle del Belìce retains all secrets of an ancient tradition.
Obtained exclusively from the milk of valle del Belìce sheep breed, an autochthonous variety in the valley.
Regulation Vastedda PDO Belìce's sheep
White and sweet, fresh, with a slightly sour taste but not spicy.
Its particular workmanship makes it lightweight and easy to digest, reducing body fat, but keeping unchanged levels of protein, vitamins and minerals.
Vastedda PDO Gastronomy valle del Belìce
The valley of the Belìce is located in the south-west of Sicily and hosts the basin of the namesake river that stretches between the provinces of Palermo, Trapani and Agrigento. Just the river Belìce characterizes these lands, fertile and productive, that saw the birth and prosper Hellenistic civilization.
Production Area Territorial Ties