Adeje’s cheeses – best in the world


The Adeje-based cheesemakers, Montesdeoca, have won Supergold at the World Cheese Awards as well as numerous other medals


The Adeje cheesemakers Montesdeoca have just returned from the London World Cheese Awards, which brings to together the world’s top dairy producers and sellers every year. This year there were 3,000 products competing from 33 countries.

Overall the Canary Islands took home numerous awards, with winners from Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and Tenerife, where the Montesdeoca dairy took a total of 9 prizes.

For the Adeje mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, “the success of this company is unparalleled, and is the result of a combination of hard work, dedication to things well done, to looking after staff and care for quality. This is a family company which also creates jobs. Montesdeoca works to ensure their products are quality products, using excellent primary materials and are a fine example of the kind of company that shows Adeje to be a borough that is productive, prosperous and attractive for investors”.

One of the titles awarded to Montesdeoca this year was a Supergold for their cured goat and oregano cheese. They won three silvers and five bronzes as well for their range of excellent cheeses, cured and semi-cured.

“This is an honour for our small family company” a spokesperson for Montesdeoca said”, “and we are now listed amongst the 66 best cheese-producers in the world, an achievement that we are delighted about”.

And you don’t have to travel far to try these world-class cheeses as their dairy is in Tijoco Bajo, by Llano de las Flores, or you can buy them every week, Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday, at the Adeje’s Farmers Market. More information on their cheeses is also available from their webpage


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Gold Medal Cheese

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The Montesdeoca Dairy wins gold at Pinolere

Recently the cheese producers in Tenerife met during the III Pinolere Fair in the Parque Etnográfico de Pinolere in La Orotava, and this year Adeje cheese maker Montesdeoca won gold with their one year cured mature cheese. It was named best Tenerife cheese 2014. 

Daniel Montesdeoca said this “is an important award for us as it is the result of hard work and effort. We have always given priority to producing cheeses of high quality which people will select and enjoy for their flavour and texture”. He added that he was delighted that their cheeses were appreciated by so many people and promised that they would continue to work to improve the product and ensure that the island’s cheeses were known both here and outside Tenerife.
The Adeje councillor for Agriculture Esther Rivero Vargas explained that the “Pinolere fair is the perfect setting for displaying all of the island’s natural produce and of course promoting the cheese making industry and culture which has been recognised with this award”.

The Montesdeoca dairy makes a variety of different cheeses including smoked, semi-cured, cured, gofio and pepper cheeses and this prize winning mature cured cheese. Members of the public interested in buying the cheeses can do so in the dairy, which is in Tijoco, driving up from Llano de las Flores or at the stand in the Adeje Farmers’ Market every weekend, (8am -2pm, Saturdays and Sundays). Councillor Rivero Vargas said, “the Adeje Farmers’ Market, as well selling as this winning cheese, which is delicious, offers a great selection of locally grown produce”.