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Uniao de Cooperativas Agricolas de Lacticinios de Sao Jorge

Sao Jorge, Portugal
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Uniao de Cooperativas Agricolas de Lacticinios de Sao Jorge
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Caryl J wrote a review Oct 2019
8 contributions2 helpful votes
On a rainy day this is an interesting place to learn about cheese production on the Azores. You don protective robes and into the factory you tour. You are very close to the production lines. Cheese tasting after the tour is finished.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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superdeluxe23 wrote a review Aug 2019
Sacramento, California111 contributions22 helpful votes
We arrived and were able to get on a tour even though we didn't have any reservations (the sign says they may be recommended). It's 5 Euros per person. Our guide showed us all around the factory and it is amazing how clean and natural this cheese is. The flavors come from the different amount of aging. A lot of manual care and labor go in to making this excellent cheese. You'll have to wear protective suits to prevent contamination and you are also asked to remove jewelery. No photos allowed, but everything gets stored in a locker. At the end you can take a picture with the wheel of cheese and/or buy some.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Globetrotter045 wrote a review Aug 2019
Haacht, Belgium5457 contributions1110 helpful votes
I didn't do the factory tour, but only visited the shop. This cooperation sells a whole range of local products. I bought a carton of their delicious cheese with small portions of different age, easy to take home. And also a box of yummy spicy cinnamon cookies, locally made. There is a coffee bar too. The factory is about 4 kilometres north of Velas on the main road.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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February78 wrote a review Aug 2019
Oakville, Canada134 contributions52 helpful votes
Having enjoyed Sao Jorge cheese in Canada, we really wanted to go to the source, and were not disappointed! The tour cost 5 Euros per person and was conducted by a very knowledgeable and friendly young man who spoke excellent English. We were given all the gear required for sanitary reasons - hairnets, booties, shop coats - and were taken through the various stages of cheese preparation, aging and packaging. Thanks to our guide, we discovered the amazingly creamy core of the cheese that we can't get at home - delicious! We were able to sample several different ages (generous samples - included in tour price) of the cheese, once again, many not available at our local store. We puchased cheeses to take back to our rental and for taking home - there were some other local products in the small gift shop and a snack bar as well as washrooms. A great way to spend a rainy morning on Sao Jorge!
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Travelduo1901 wrote a review Jun 2019
40 contributions29 helpful votes
The Azores, and Sao Jorge island in particular, are famous for their great cheeses. If you want to have a closer look at how the cheese is produced: this factory tour is a great choice! The cheese factory is located just to the north of Velas, in the Beira area. It’s easy to spot, but not really signposted (nor does it have a big ‘this way for our factory tours’ - sign). When you enter, there is a small store and coffee shop. You can ask the staff here about the tour, which cost €5 per person. For the tour you are provided with a kit to suit up (apron, gloves, hairnet, the works) for hygiene purposes. The tour takes about 20 minutes and explains the process of making the cheese. It shows you all the steps of this process by visiting the factory areas where the work is being done. We found this really interesting and love how the factory and farmers work together on this process. The cheese has no additives whatsoever, the different ‘flavours’ are only different because of the length the cheese has aged. After the tour you can taste (and buy) the different cheeses (and other local products). We found the prices very reasonable and the cheese (especially the aged ones) really good.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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