Sartori’s BellaVitano cheese received top honors at this year’s prestigious World Cheese Awards held in London, England. Sartori earned 14 medals in total including 3 Gold medals, and a “Super Gold” and placing in the final top-16 out of nearly 2,600 competitors.
“We’re very humbled to have Sartori cheese place in the top-16 in each of the past four years. We’re competing against the best from all across the world,” stated Sartori President, Jeff Schwager. “Last year we received two Super Gold medals, and in 2011 our Cognac BellaVitano was honored as the 3rd best cheese in the world, the highest finish ever for a US cheese. For Sartori, it’s about consistency and quality, and having the dedication each day to make the best cheese in the world,” stated Schwager.
Receiving Gold Medals include Chai BellaVitano and Espresso BellaVitano. “Our BellaVitano Gold cheese is a well-known base to many of Sartori’s BellaVitano favorites. Creating different treatments – whether it’s a wheel hand rubbed with coarsely ground black pepper, or a wheel soaked in a spectacular merlot wine – is fun, yet quite challenging because there are many variations to experiment with,” stated Sartori Master Cheesemaker, Mike Matucheski. “These competitions validate all that we’re doing and provide clues that we’re heading in the right direction.”
Ten additional medals were awarded to Sartori including silver for Extra-Aged Goat, Merlot, Balsamic, Black Pepper and BellaVitano Gold, and bronze for Rosemary Asiago, Cognac BellaVitano, and Pastorale Blend.