Photos: FOCUS/Adeje Ayuntamiento.
Updated 9 May: Over 30 people took part in today’s guided visit in English to the Montesdeoca dairy in Tijoco Alto, the winners of countless regional, national and international prizes for their cheeses and other dairy products. The tour was given by Alberto Montesdeoca, who explained the origins of this fantastic food jewel in the Adeje gastronomy crown. Started by his grandfather when some of the family moved from La Palma to Tenerife, the business is still very much a family firm, making cheeses, butters and yogurts by hand from the 1,000+ goat herd on site.
The tour was organised by Focus, the Adeje group for international residents, who work to help international residents integrate, learn more about the borough, and discover they many pluses of living in this part of South Tenerife. Over 30 people of different nationalities signed up for the tour, which lasted over an hour. Alberto first took us to see the goats and kids, explaining the milking process, how the goats are fed and kept, the breed used etc. We also met the newer kids who have their little ‘creche’ area.
The group were then brought indoors and we saw the cheese being mixed, moulded and stored. Alberto explained that they currently produce almost 20 different types of cheese, how the cheese is pasteurised, with different curing processes, some hard, some semi-hard, some matured and flavoured. The group then moved to the tasting room where four different cheeses were on offer giving the visitors some delicious examples of the products made by Montesdeoca.
The tour ended in the on-site shop, but people can also buy these fantastic cheeses at the Adeje farmers market ever Saturday and Sunday morning and Wednesday afternoon. For more information about the farm and to arrange small group visits, the webpage for Montesdeoca is www.quesosmontesdeoca.com.
Updated 2 May: Just a reminder of this guided tour of the Adeje-based dairy which is taking place a week today, Wednesday 9 May. The Montesdeoca label is now world-famous, winning awards in so many classes year after year at international fairs, always bringing something new to the table. Recently they also competed in Wisconsin in the United States, and to absolutely nobody’s surprise Alberto Montesdeoca (left) had to find extra room in his luggage for yet another trophy.
The dairy is based in Tijoco not far above the main Guía de Isora road and makes these incredible hand-crafted cheeses from the milk of a thousand goats. They sell their award-winning products in the Adeje farmers market every weekend and Wednesday afternoon. And of course there is the visit to the Montesdeoca dairy itself next Wednesday to see the cheese-making operation as it happens … and the yoghurts and butters the dairy is now making with some delicious combinations using other fresh natural ingredients in an increasing range of delicious products.
Wednesday’s tour will take about an hour, and visitors will be able to see the herd of goats, and watch the various stages of the making of the cheeses. The visit will end with a tasting, and of course guests can buy the dairy’s products too. The tour costs just €5 and your tour guide will be one of the Montesdeoca family – this is a family-run farm and they love to meet their clients and visitors first-hand when they can. For more information or to book your place (places are limited) email firstname.lastname@example.org, and please include a contact number. The organisers will confirm your place on the list and give you specific directions to the dairy, where parking is available.
Original post 11 April: The Adeje Focus group for international residents which has previously collaborated with the council to arrange various public information meetings has arranged a guided English-language tour of the Montesdeoca farm and cheese dairy on Wednesday 9 May from 10am (lasts about 1 hour). There will also be chances to see the goats being milked, the newly-born kids, and of course, a tasting of those famous cheeses!
Tijoco Alto-based Montesdeoca is fast becoming, and being recognized as, one of the best cheese makers in the world winning Gold, Silver and Bronze medals annually at the London World Cheese Awards, and more recently in their first foray to the Wisconsin international cheese competition in the USA, and this week the best cheese in Tenerife at the Pinolere fair (see HERE and HERE). The prize-winning cheeses are on sale every week at the Adeje farmers market too.
Anyone who is interested should send an email to FOCUSADEJE@GMAIL.COM. The cost of the tour is €5. The Focus group says that it will try to organise car-pooling when we know how many people are planning to attend.