Production data

  The DOP mark certifies a unique cheese of its kind, actually the Vastedda della valle del Belìce DOP is one of the few sheep cheeses.
But the protected designation of origin guarantees above all the territorial characteristics that the Vastedda itself contains.
  The consortium was born in 2001, since that moment the production of vastedda has grown year by year.
Le attività promozionali portate avanti dal consorzio, i dati di produzione indicano un'andamento in crescita rispetto al periodo iniziale.
  The good results were confirmed in the following years with the exceeding of 30 quintals in 2017 and maintenance over the following years.
Then in 2020, the decline due to the Covid-19 pandemic which destabilized the market creating many issues for the members.
  There are 50 members participating in the production chain, including breeders, seasoners and the 8 cheese makers registered in the control program.
Distribution on the market confirms that Vastedda della valle del Belìce PDO is no longer a product for mainly local consumption.
30% of the extra-regional market represents the excellent results that the competition has achieved in promoting and enhancing the product.
  Among the fundamental characteristics of Vastedda della Valle del Belìce is the use of raw sheep's milk obtained from free and spontaneous grazing farms.
As indicated in the production disciplinary, the milk to be made from cheese comes from Valle del Belìce sheep fed with fresh fodder, hay and straw of excellent quality, wheat stubble and vegetative by-products such as grass along the rows of vineyards, pruning branches olive tree, prickly pear cladodes, grape leaves after the harvest.
Excluded from the production process, all GMOs, feed and those derivatives of animal origin that alter the biological factors of sheep.