This doesn’t mean though that all the cheeses from La Mancha can be called Manchego – a mistake often made by many – as the label is only reserved for the very best.
La Mancha is a region located at Spain’s heart.
Today I found out that it was named by the Arabs, who called it Al Mansha, or “waterless land”. What a beautiful name, and a perfect description of this harsh, rocky land. Its dry and extreme climate with torrid summers and frosty winters has given shape to a very recognizable landscape, which I love. Here only the most resistant flora and fauna survive. Herbs such as thyme, lavender or rosemary, and a wide variety of thickets and bushes, form this unique ecosystem where the Manchega sheep roams.