PGI
If it's called Yorkshire Wensleydale it must be from Wensleydale!
Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese awarded Protected Geographical Indication (PGI)
Heritage & Provenance
Yorkshire Wensleydale
Wensleydale cheese has a heritage that spans centuries, with its roots firmly set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.

First crafted in the 12th Century by a group of Cistercian monk settlers in Wensleydale, the art of Wensleydale cheese-making was perfected over time, and eventually found itself in the hands of local farmers’ wives. It wasn’t until 1897 when the first creamery was built in Hawes that Wensleydale cheese-making began on a large scale.

However, the industrial depression of the 1930’s saw trading conditions become more difficult. Had it not been for Kit Calvert MBE, a now-legendary Yorkshire businessman, the Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese as we know it would not exist today.

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Protected Food Name Status
Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese has now achieved Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status. Achieving PGI status will ensure that no other cheese-maker outside the designated area can produce a cheese and call it Yorkshire Wensleydale.

To be classified as a protected food and awarded Protected Geographical Indication (PGI), a product must be produced, processed or prepared within a specific geographical area and bear qualities, features or a reputation that is attributed only to that region.

Yorkshire Wensleydale’s unique creamy, crumbly taste, which is full of flavour, is a result of the unique starter cultures that, combined with our cheese-making expertise, create a cheese with a texture and flavour that no other region can match. These unique elements, together with the multi-award winning status and reputation based upon quality, consistency, provenance and authenticity of Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese, secured this international seal of approval. We also source milk from local family farms, to help ensure the quality and authenticity of our Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese, which also helps contribute more than £10 million to the local Dales economy.
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The name of Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese has become synonymous with quality, authenticity, and tradition. Our skilled cheese-makers, as part of a 200 plus workforce, still continue the art of hand-crafting Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese in the heart of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.

The Wensleydale Creamery remains dedicated to keeping things local too, by using milk from local family-run farms. It’s our firm belief that along with the skill of our cheese-makers and our unique starter cultures, the inimitable taste of Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese comes from the milk of the cows, that graze happily on limestone pastures; a healthy, natural diet of grasses, herbs and wild flowers that only the Yorkshire Dales can offer.

Whilst our cheese-making methods remain traditional, we’ve also innovated with new and exciting blended cheeses such as Yorkshire Wensleydale & Cranberries, and even honoured Kit Calvert with a special old-fashioned style of Wensleydale cheese that bears his name.
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Yorkshire Wensleydale From Wensleydale
Did you know that not all cheeses bearing the Wensleydale name are actually produced in Wensleydale? In fact, many Wensleydale cheeses currently available in the UK are made in Lancashire, Cheshire, and even as far as Shropshire.

That’s why it’s important for us to distinguish Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese from the other Wensleydale cheeses on the market, so cheese lovers can be assured that they’re buying the authentic product, traditionally handcrafted with integrity in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.

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Awards
In the past decade we have received almost 400 awards for our cheeses, and we don’t intend to stop there! Here are some of Wensleydale cheeses’ most noteworthy awards.

2014

Royal Bath & West/British Cheese Awards

Gold – Traditional Double Gloucester

Silver – Traditional Red Leicester, Wensleydale Blue, Oak Smoked Yorkshire Wensleydale

 

Great Yorkshire Show

Best Territorial Cheese & Gold – Traditional Double Gloucester

Gold – Dales Butter, Special Reserve Yorkshire Wensleydale, Double Gloucester with Onion & Chive

Silver – Yorkshire Wensleydale, Red Leicester, Oak Smoked Cheddar, Yorkshire Wensleydale & Cranberries

Bronze – Wensleydale Blue

Best Wensleydale cheese – Special Reserve Yorkshire Wensleydale

 

International Cheese Awards

Champion Farmhouse Traditional Cheese - Traditional Red Leicester

Gold –  Yorkshire Wensleydale, Yorkshire Wensleydale with Mango & Ginger, Dales Butter, Traditional Red Leicester

Silver – Yorkshire Wensleydale & Cranberries, Kit Calvert

Bronze – Wensleydale Blue

 

Global Cheese Awards

Silver - Wensleydale Blue

 

World Cheese Awards

Gold – Oak Smoked Yorkshire Wensleydale

Silver – Yorkshire Wensleydale & Cranberries, Traditional Red Leicester

Bronze – Wensleydale Blue

 

 

2013

Royal Bath & West/National Cheese Awards

Supreme Champion - Double Gloucester

Gold – Double Gloucester, Red Leicester, Yorkshire Wensleydale

Silver – Yorkshire Wensleydale, Yorkshire Wensleydale & Cranberries

Bronze – Yorkshire Wensleydale

 

Great Yorkshire Show

1st – Dales Butter, Wensleydale Blue,

2nd – Dales Butter, Yorkshire Wensleydale, Wensleydale Blue

3rd – Special Reserve Yorkshire Wensleydale, Mature Double Gloucester, Yorkshire Wensleydale

 

International Cheese Show

Gold – Yorkshire Wensleydale

Silver – Yorkshire Wensleydale, Smoked Cheddar, Cheddar with Cracked Black Pepper

Bronze – Red Leicester, Yorkshire Wensleydale, Yorkshire Wensleydale & Ginger, Cheddar with Chilli

 

 

2012

British Cheese Awards

Supreme Champion - Wensleydale Blue

 

Great Yorkshire Cheese & Dairy Show

Best Wensleydale - Yorkshire Wensleydale

 

International Cheese Show, Nantwich

Gold - Yorkshire Wensleydale, Kit Calvert Wensleydale & Wensleydale Blue

 

 

2011

Great Yorkshire Cheese & Dairy Show

Best Wensleydale - Yorkshire Wensleydale

Best Blue – Wensleydale Blue

 

Royal Bath & West Cheese Show

Gold - Yorkshire Wensleydale, Yorkshire Wensleydale & Cranberries

International Cheese Show

Gold - Yorkshire Wensleydale

 

 

2010

International Cheese Show

Gold - Kit Calvert Wensleydale

 

British Cheese Awards

Gold – Wensleydale Blue

 

World Cheese Awards

Gold - Wensleydale Blue

 

 

2009

International Cheese Show

Gold - Yorkshire Wensleydale, Yorkshire Wensleydale & Cranberries

Champion Farmhouse Traditional Cheese - Yorkshire Wensleydale

 

Great Yorkshire Cheese & Dairy Show

Gold - Yorkshire Wensleydale & Cranberries

 

 

2008

International Cheese Show

Best Wensleydale – Yorkshire Wensleydale

Best Territorial Cheese - Yorkshire Wensleydale

 

Global Cheese Awards

Reserve Champion - Yorkshire Wensleydale

 

World Cheese Awards

Best English Cheese – Special Reserve Yorkshire Wensleydale

Best British Cheese - Special Reserve Yorkshire Wensleydale