Published on 4 May 2020
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In Normandy, all of the cheeses boasting the coveted AOP certification are also villages – Camembert, Livarot, Pont-l’Evêque and Neufchâtel. Venture along Normandy’s AOP cheese route, visit these villages and enjoy some cheese tasting along the way!
Visit CHEESE PRODUCERS
AOP stands for Appellation d’Origine Protégée (protected designation of origin), a strict certification that legally guarantees that the product was prepared in the place named on the packet, and is not just given to anyone! Two thirds of Normandy cheeses come from the cow put out to pasture on local grassland. Village mayors, producers and manufacturers, restaurants, dairies and creameries all ensure you get a special experience along the AOP cheese route, known as the Route des fromages AOP de Normandie in French. Find out about producer know-how, enjoy guided tours, see how the animals are looked after, learn how cheese is made and most importantly, buy products from the farm shop to take home!
GET THAT SPECIAL EXPERIENCE ON the AOP Cheese route
- Neufchâtel is the oldest of the Normandy cheeses. In fact, during the Hundred Years’ War, the dairy maidens in the Pays de Bray would offer English soldiers this cheese in the shape of a heart as a token of their affection, hence its shape
- Marie Christine Harel, born in 1761 in the village of Crouttes (which means ‘crust’) is said to be the inventor of Camembert cheese
- There are over 600 farms producing AOP cheeses in Normandy
OUR PLATTER OF UNMISSABLE CHEESE dairies
There are so many dairies to visit, but we don’t want to milk the subject! Sorry, cheesy joke.