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Ages ago, at the base of the Combalou Mountain, an ardent shepherd spotted a beautiful young woman. He ran after her leaving behind his flock and forgetting his meal, composed of bread and ewe’s milk curds, in a cave. As he couldn’t find the beautiful shepherdess after days of searching, the shepherd came back to his flock and the cave where he found his less than appealing meal. The ewe’s milk curd was now marbled with green veins and the bread had molded. Starving, he tasted the cheese: the Penicillium Roqueforti had worked its magic transforming his cheese into Roquefort…
So says the legend!
Société® Roquefort has an ivory-colored paste with emerald-green veining and a creamy, moist texture. Its rich, intense sheep milk flavor balances the blue mold aroma creating the magic taste that has made Roquefort famous around the world*.
The fifteen main traders and cheese makers of Roquefort cheese unite to create the « Société Civile des Caves et des Producteurs Réunis » , the only one of its kind in the region and one of the first in France.
*Civil Society of Caves and United Producers
After the recognition of Roquefort cheese, the Société brand registers its oval shaped logo, as we know it today.
Roquefort cheese was the first cheese to benefit from the PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) by the French Law of July 26, 1925.
Société Caves open their doors to visitors for the first time, two years later there were already tens of thousands of annual visitors.
In 2013, the brand celebrated its 150th anniversary with numerous events: recipe contests, photos and videos, games...
Even today, the Société brand continues to innovate on a daily basis to satisfy Roquefort cheese lovers. Each year, more than 100,000 visitors come to experience traditional Roquefort cheesemaking and heritage with a trip to the Roquefort Société Caves.
Find cooking inspiration with these unique Roquefort Société recipes.