Hunter Valley Cheese Company
Blessed are the Cheesemakers...
Boutique cheese producer and retailer, The Hunter Valley Cheese Company commenced manufacture and sales at their Pokolbin Factory and tasting rooms in April, 1995. The vision to the manufacture Australian Speciality cheese for niche market - deli's, fine food restaurants and cheese loving visitors to The Hunter Valley Vineyards was finally realised.
Peter Curtis & Rosalia (Rose) Lambert uphold their commitment to quality handmade cheese and contribute their daily interaction with the cheese loving consumer to the ongoing success of their boutique manufacturing and factory outlet/tasting room located within the McGuigan Cellars, Pokolbin.
Fortuitously, The Hunter Valley Cheese Tasting room is one of the most visited destinations in Hunter Wine Country, local, state, and international visitors are welcome to sample our full cheese range along with a comprehensive range of local produce and cheese accompaniments. Cheese Tasting are available all day (9-5.30) for the small cost of $7.75. Tasting include five handmade Hunter Valley Cheeses with a fruit paste to match. Purchases may be made in store or an Australian wide stockists list is provided for customers to re-purchase their favourite cheeses on their return home.
The Hunter Valley Cheese Company recognises and eschews the educational experience of visiting a working cheese factory by conducting a complimentry cheesemaking talk daily at 11am & 3pm, during the tutorial an overview of handmade cheesemaking, milk variations & styles of cheese are discussed, followed by an question and answer session & cheese sampling.
Group educational cheese tutorials are conducted regularly with restaurant, deli, hospitality and wait staff on the use and service knowledge of cheese and continued back up is provided to the company’s wholesale clientele.
The cheese factory was purpose built by Peter Curtis, Cheese Maker– a cheesemakers dream-- new premises & equipment eliminates the possibility of lingering bacteria from previous dairy operations thus allowing the cheesemaker to “build” his product with specific cultures & cheesemaking techniques.The factory area comprises a “make” & “maturation” room, two cool rooms ensure cheeses are aged at the correct humidity and temperature. Viewing windows to the factory allow visitors to watch the cheesemaking process & cheesemakers in action.
The cheese tasting room invites visitors to enjoy a guided cheese sampling with our trained cheese consultants or wander into the preserves room to sample an array of local produce. An ever changing range of complimentary cheddars and goats cheeses, muscatel grapes and fruit pastes, biscuits, breads, preserves and deli supplies are updated seasonally.
The Hunter Valley Cheese Factory range is constant with strong emphasis on consistent quality and innovative cheese product development, sitting alongside our award winning Branxton Brie, Grape Vine Ash Brie & Hunter Gold Washed rind are the well accepted Riley’s Fromage Blanc, Hunter Valley Marinated Feta, & the renowned Pokolbin Smear Ripened.
Sample our Australian Award Winning Cheeses:
*Riley’s Marinated Fromage *Hunter Valley Marinated Feta *Branxton Brie & Grape Vine Ashed Brie *Hunter Gold & Pokolbin Smear Ripened Washed Rinds *Pokolbin White Natural Rind
Delicatessen products and an extensive range of gourmet preserves on display and for tasting daily.
Alfresco dining area, coffee/tea and snacks or select your wine from McGuigan Cellars to enjoy with a Cheesemakers Vineyard Lunch.