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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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.
  • National Cheese Awards, Royal Bath & West Show - Double Gloucester won Supreme Champion
  • British Cheese Awards - Wensleydale Blue won Supreme Champion
  • Great Yorkshire Cheese & Dairy Show – Yorkshire Wensleydale won the Wensleydale cup for Best Wensleydale
  • International Cheese Show, Nantwich – Gold for Yorkshire Wensleydale, Kit Calvert Wensleydale & Wensleydale Blue
  • Great Yorkshire Cheese & Dairy Show –
    • Yorkshire Wensleydale won the Wensleydale cup for Best Wensleydale
    • Wensleydale Blue won Best Blue cheese
  • Royal Bath & West Cheese Show –
    • Yorkshire Wensleydale and Yorkshire Wensleydale & Cranberries won Gold
  • International Cheese Show, Nantwich – Gold for Yorkshire Wensleydale
  • International Cheese Show, Nantwich – Kit Calvert Wensleydale won Gold
  • British Cheese Awards & World Cheese Awards – Wensleydale Blue won Gold
  • International Cheese Show, Nantwich –
    • Yorkshire Wensleydale won Gold & Champion Farmhouse Traditional cheese
    • Yorkshire Wensleydale & Cranberries won Gold
  • Great Yorkshire Cheese & Dairy Show – Yorkshire Wensleydale & Cranberries won Gold
  • International Cheese Show, Nantwich – Yorkshire Wensleydale won trophy for Best Wensleydale the Best Territorial cheese
  • Global Cheese Awards, Frome – Yorkshire Wensleydale won Reserve Champion
  • World Cheese Awards - Special Reserve Yorkshire Wensleydale won the Best English & Best British cheese