Cheese loving duo Wallace and Gromit’s favourite dairy product has won Protected Geographical Indication status.
The newly conferred status means no other cheese-maker outside the designated area can produce a cheese and call it Yorkshire Wensleydale.
Wensleydale Creamery based at Hawes in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales has been awarded the PGI from the European Commission for its crumbly cheese.
The dairy also produces a Wallace and Gromit branded variety of the cheese.
Wensleydale cheese was first made by French Cistercian monks from the Roquefort region who settled in Yorkshire.
In 1992, the future of the Hawes dairy and Wensleydale-making in the county was secured in a management buyout following the creamery’s closure.
Now owned by Wensleydale Dairy Products Ltd, the business now employs over 200 across two manufacturing sites.