The Pecorino di Pienza is a very appreciated sheep cheese, available with different seasonings and in numerous aromatic variants. This particular kind of Pecorino is a DOP Cheese, produced with artisanal and strictly controlled methods.
What makes Pecorino di Pienza unique and different from the other kind of Pecorino cheese, is the composition of Val d’Orcia pastures: the lawns of Val d’Orcia are covered by special herbs like winter savory, wild thyme, helichrysum, wild mint and absynth, that give a unique aroma to the milk.
The cheese, after being processing and salted, is aged for at least 90 days in oak barrels, which is another important stage of the Pecorino cheese-making. Pienza Pecorino wheels are smaller than other type sof Pecorino cheese.
Walking along the streets of Pienza you will find many shops where you can taste different types and seasoning of Pecorino di Pienza cheese. On the road that connects Pienza with Montepulciano there are also restaurants that offer a Pienza pecorino cheese tasting menu: if you stop there, do not forget to taste the cheese paired with a a good Montalcino or Montepulciano red wine. In fact another popular attraction among travellers are the well furnished Val d'Orcia wineries.