Wednesday 13 November 2019

It is a Tuscan enterprise – the Azienda Agricola Il Saracello – that has won the prestigious GOLD prize at the World Cheese Awards, for its goat cheese MURSA di Capraia. 

This event, which is for cheeses what the Oscars are for cinema, has been recognising the world’s best cheesemakers for thirty years, from big brands to tiny artisanal companies. This year it took place from 18 to 20 October 2019 and for the first time in Italy, specifically Bergamo.

‘This is important recognition,’ said Massimiliano Della Rosa, Iacopo Bardi and Alessandro Signorini, associates and founders of the cooperation. ‘It testifies to the high quality of our cheeses and of the milk that we work with every day, full of those Mediterranean shrubby smells from the pastures of Capraia, our wonderful island in the Tuscan Archipelago, where our goats graze and grow up.’

Azienda Il Saracello has been active since 2016 on Capraia and has a herd of ninety goats and four bucks. It won the GOLD prize at the 2019 World Cheese Awards with its MURSA di Capraia, a small, 500g cheese which owes its name to a capraiese dialect word for the helichrysum flower. Its unique flavours come from the warm climate, to the wild pastures and the aforementioned flower, ubiquitous to the island. 

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