Route du Fromage AOP OSSAU-IRATY

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  • Ossau Iraty

Location : In the countryside

Province : Labourd

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  • Open all year round
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    • GOURMET STOPOVERS
      DISCOVER THE PDO OSSAU-IRATY CHEESE ROUTE

      Do you like cheese ? We take you to discover the country of the sheep on the Ossau-Iraty AOP cheese route. Embark on a gourmet road-trip that will take you to meet those who make this cheese typical of the Basque region.

      Discovering a local product

      This gourmet escapade through the Basque Country will allow you to discover the typical characteristics of Ossau-Iraty AOP Basque: an often drier paste and a frank taste. It will also be an opportunity for you to discover the ancestral know-how behind this production. You can choose your stages to meet a producer or visit a cheese dairy, go to a shop or meet the shepherds and their pastoral traditions.

      Ossau-Iraty: a traditional cheese

      Ossau-Iraty AOP is a sheep's milk cheese inherited from age-old pastoral traditions. Its producers have come together under the AOP sign, Protected Designation of Origin. This is a sign of quality that regulates production, certifies a manufacturing process, and ensures that sheep, breeders, producers, cheese factories and refiners are all located in a well-defined area, the Basque part of which we invite you to discover.

      An original visit to the Basque Country for lovers of the land

      From Labourd to Lower Navarre via Soule with the famous Pic d'Orhy, compose the trip that suits you to meet the AOP Ossau-Iraty in the exceptional setting of the Basque Country. Do not hesitate any longer and come and visit the country of the sheep and its gourmet stages on this cheese route which will enrich your visits to the territory by adding a gourmet touch.

      Indeed, whether you are close to the coast such as Urrugne, Ascain or Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle, visiting Espelette or Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, or even in the heart of the Basque mountains or in summit of the Pyrenean passes, there are bound to be one or two stages less than fifteen minutes away !

      Focus on the activities of the Ossau-Iraty 2022 AOP Cheese Route

      Some stages offer highlights. In this case, registration is necessary prior to your visit and some events are chargeable. Contact details and opening hours are available directly on the Ossau-Iraty AOP website or on the cheese route map available for download here. Contact the steps directly.

      ENTERTAINMENT 2022:  

      Open days in cheese dairies: at the Agour cheese dairy in Hélette on 18/08 and at the ecological cheese dairy of Irati in Mendive on 22/07

      Attend the milking: at the Agerria Farm in St-Martin-d'Arbéroue at 5 p.m. from December to June, at the Artzainak Farm in La Bastide Clairence around 5-6 p.m. until the end of May then around 10-11 a.m. from June until the end of the dairy campaign, at the Elurti Farm in Ascarat at 6 p.m. from December 15 to June 15, at the Larranda Farm in Suhescun around 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. from December to June

      Assist in production: at the Artzainak Farm in La Bastide Clairence and at the Oyhanburia Farm in Pagolle

      See the work of the dog: at Nicolas Dokhelar in Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle

      Attend the shearing: at the Agerria Farm in St-Martin-d'Arbéroue on April 5 & May 3 from 2 p.m.

      Visit an eco-museum: at the Agour cheese dairy in Hélette, at the Basque Country dairy cooperative in St-Jean-Pied-de-Port, at Etxola in Lecumberry

      Convivial moments: at Les Producteurs Fermiers Souletins in Trois-Villes, attend a festive evening on July 30 from 6 p.m. & at the Ecological Fromagerie d'Irati in Mendive, enjoy a traditional meal served every lunchtime

      Discover life in the mountain pastures: at Etxola in Lecumberry in July/August every Monday from 9.30 to 11.00 am meeting with a shepherd. Every Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.: nature walk. Every Thursday from 10.30 a.m. to 12 p.m.: meeting at 10.15 a.m.: introduction to tasting sheep cheese from the summer pastures

      • And many more farm visits, the details of which are available directly on the map

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Traveller Reviews Route du Fromage AOP OSSAU-IRATY

4.7 sur 5 6 reviews

  • Valerie Saint-Laurent

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Valerie Saint-Laurent on 18/08/2020

    Little mistake. It is not a cheese factory as it is indicated but the defense office of the AOP Ossau-Iraty. However, they will be able to give you addresses of nearby farmers and dairies with a map of the cheese route as well as a leaflet All you need to know about Ossau-Iraty and its little recipes.

  • Sergey Borodin

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Sergey Borodin on 29/06/2019

    Cool farm and cheeses

  • Daisy Raoult

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Daisy Raoult on 26/04/2019

    😍😍😍

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Route du Fromage AOP OSSAU-IRATY

Address

Bourg
64120 Ostabat-Asme

GPS coordinates

43° 15'13.38"N, 1° 4'32.32"W

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