SAN SEBASTIÁN, Spain, Nov. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Sartori Company continued its international winning streak, earning 17 accolades at the highly acclaimed World Cheese Awards. Top honors were presented to Black Pepper BellaVitano ®, Merlot BellaVitano ® and Balsamic BellaVitano ®.
No newcomer to world competitions, Black Pepper BellaVitano was again admired by the judges for its complexity of flavor, balancing the creamy nuttiness of the cheese with a pleasant kick of fresh-cracked pepper. This year, Black Pepper BellaVitano was honored with a gold medal while both Merlot BellaVitano and Balsamic BellaVitano were praised with silver medals. "There's a real artistry to our cheese," said Mike Matucheski, one of the Master Cheesemakers at Sartori. "Whether the wheel is hand-rubbed with spices or soaked in 6-year-old Italian balsamic vinegar, it takes a lot of dedicated people to make an award-winning BellaVitano." More than 3,000 cheeses from 31 different countries were entered into the 29 th annual World Cheese Awards. The competition attracted not only the best cheesemakers, but also a distinguished pool of judges stemming from more than two dozen countries. Considering the level of competition at the World Cheese Awards, Sartori is both honored and humbled by the accomplishments. "Our successes are a testament to the many talents of our Team Members," said Jeff Schwager, president of Sartori. "The hard work and craftsmanship of our Family Farms, Cheesemakers and Team Members are what makes Sartori cheese truly special." Black Pepper BellaVitano, Merlot BellaVitano, Balsamic BellaVitano and other Sartori award winners can be purchased in stores or online at http://shop.sartoricheese.com/. About SartoriSartori, a fourth-generation family owned company, has proudly produced award-winning, artisan cheese for customers worldwide since 1939. Rooted in Plymouth, Wisconsin, Sartori's emphasis on a high-quality and handcrafted approach to cheesemaking is a timeless family tradition. For more information, please visit www.sartoricheese.com or call at 800-558-5888. Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110615/CG20898LOGO