Tolpuddle Goat Cheese and Farm Foods // Tarrawingee, VIC

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Our story

In 2013 we packed up our young family and traded the cold concrete of inner city Melbourne for a run down farm in tiny Tarrawingee.  We saw the potential to convert an 1850s stone coach house and 120 acres of fertile soil in the foothills of Victoria’s High Country into a sustainable farm, small goat dairy and farmstead cheesery.  Our dream was to produce small batches of cheese by hand using only the milk from our animals. We also wanted to open the farm gate to visitors, so people could come and meet the goats and taste the cheese in the very place where it was made.  With no farming, dairy or commercial cheesemaking experience we were on a steep learning curve, but we threw ourselves into it and haven’t looked back! We now produce fresh goat milk and a range of specialty goat cheeses, which we sell direct from the farm, at accredited farmers markets in Melbourne and North East Victoria, and through select retailers and restaurants in our region.  Our cheeses include a silky fresh curd, marinated lactic cheese, two soft-ripened lactic cheeses, a semi-hard alpine style cheese (made only in Spring) and a dense creamy blue (made only in Summer). Some of these cheeses are only made seasonally to bring out the best in the milk.

Our milk

We only use milk from our own animals. We milk a small herd of Saanen goats. At the moment there are around 38 in production, but this will increase to 60 come Spring.  The girls are milked just once each day, always mid-morning after they have had the chance to wake up, stretch their legs and have a browse.  We think that this is better for their health and wellbeing, which translates into a higher quality milk for cheesemaking.

Our goats

There are around 100 goats in our herd, although only 38 are productive milkers.  Our girls are joined at around 18 months, 3 years and 5 years to ‘freshen’ our milk supply.

Our cheeses

We are best known for our signature cheese ‘Great Alpine Road’.  It is a small soft-ripened lactic goat cheese inspired by our all-time favourite cheese from France – Chabichou.  Great Alpine Road has a fudgy core and wrinkly rind, but develops a soft, gooey paste as it matures.  It is a gorgeous looking cheese on a cheese platter and delicious when served with a tart fruit paste and full-bodied white wine.

Farm gate/cellar door

Our farm gate is open to visitors Wed-Sat, Sundays during school holidays and most public holidays. We have a cellar door where visitors can come and taste our range of products and farm shop filled with other delicious produce, beer, wine and gin from our region.  Visitors can sit in the farmhouse garden and enjoy a cheese platter with a glass of vino.  Once a month we have Farm Open Day with live music, gourmet food and farm tours as well.

Tolpuddle Goat Cheese and Farm Foods
70 Rusholme Road, Tarrawingee, VIC
03 5725 1759

tolpuddle.com.au

Hunter Belle Dairy Co. // Hunter Valley, NSW

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Hunter Belle Dairy is a family-owned business by Jason and Annie Chesworth, their kids Teddy and Vinnie, and Jason’s parents Geoff and Tania.
Jason manages the day-to-day at the factory – this includes sales, production scheduling, wholesale and distribution, mentoring young trainee cheesemakers and being “Mr Fix It” on the pasturiser/milk line whenever needed. Annie takes care of marketing and HR, packs orders and invoices, deals with customers and enquiries, runs social media and helps out in the packing room when needed. Teddy and Vinnie eat lots of cheese and drink as much milk as they can!
They are a family of dairy farmers (Jason is seventh generation) and have always been in the Hunter Valley in NSW. It was Jason’s parents who originally purchased the small cheese factory and after a small stint on My Kitchen Rules in 2013, Annie and Jason put everything into cheese and haven’t looked back.
They no longer farm their own livestock, instead using milk from a single herd of Brown Swiss cows from a dairy farm just 40kms from their cheese factory.
You can visit the Chesworths, either at the cafe Jason’s parents own in Muswellbrook, or the shop in Pokolbin. They sell fudge, gelato, giftware and of course, cheese. Make sure you pick up one of their signatures; either the Briebelle (triple cream brie) or the Black Magic which is really special – Briebelle with a centre of fermented garlic.
Hunter Belle Dairy Co.
44 Guernsey Street, Scone NSW 2337

CHEESE CHATS: MOULD Sydney

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You’ll learn just by eating, but if you want to up your knowledge even more then make sure you sit in on one of our MOULD ‘Cheese Chats’. From raw milk, to beer and cheese matching, to the science behind yeast and mould, there’s something for everyone.

And the best bit? They’re free! Spots are limited though, so first in, best dressed.

RAW MILK

This Cheese Chat focuses on cheese made with raw (unpasteurised) milk. For this session, Bruny Island Cheese Co.’s Nick Haddow will be joined by Pecora Dairy’s Michael McNamara, ethical farmer and advocate of the raw milk industry, to take you through a tasting of a selection of raw milk cheeses matched with beers and wines. 

BEER & CHEESE

Just in time for the warmer weather, Nick Haddow from Bruny Island Cheese Co. and Thea Royal from Shaw River Buffalo Cheese will get to together to talk about spring cheeses paired with spring beers. 

YEAST & MOULD

Nick Haddow from Bruny Island Cheese Co. (he wrote the yellow book) and Sharon Flynn from The Fermentary (she wrote the blue book) will talk all things mould, yeast and fermentation. They’ll also touch on tradition and flavour over a tasting of a great selection of snacks.

SESSION TIMES

SATURDAY
12pm – Raw Milk
2pm – Yeast & Mould
6pm – Yeast & Mould
7pm – Beer & Cheese 

SUNDAY
12pm – Raw Milk
2pm – Beer & Cheese 

Melbourne Cheese Chats 2018

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We want you to get the most out of your MOULD experience, so in 2018, we’re offering masterclasses for FREE! Led by Nick Haddow from Bruny Island Cheese Co. with guest cheesemakers as co-hosts, three informal “cheese chats” will run at various times throughout the sessions.

Each session is FREE but spots are still limited, so will be capped at two spots per transaction. Reserve your place by booking via the below link. You also must have a MOULD GA ticket, corresponding to the cheese chat session, to be eligible.

RAW MILK
This cheese chat focuses on cheese made with “raw” (or unpasteurised) milk. For this session, Haddow will be joined by Kym Masters from Adelaide’s Section28, to take you through a tasting of several raw milk cheeses paired with different beers and wines.

BEER & CHEESE
Haddow will be joined by Shaw River Buffalo’s Thea Royal to discuss cheese and beer matching. Bruny Island Cheese Co.’s Metric Tomme and Fresh Hop Washed Rind cheeses will be paired with two Bruny Island Beer Co. beers, and Shaw River’s award-winning Annie Baxter Special Reserve will stand up against brews from La Sirene.

WHISKY & CHEESE 
Pyengana Dairy’s Dave Bennett will pair his cheddar with Starward’s Solera whisky, and Paul Wilson from Nimbin Valley Dairy will match his Saint Billie to Staward’s wine cask whisky in this whisky and cheese pairing session. Discover for yourself what makes this combination so special.

Session times:
Friday 4th May: 6pm Beer and Cheese; 7pm Whisky and Cheese
Saturday 5th May AM: 12pm Raw Milk; 2pm Beer and Cheese
Saturday 5th May PM: 6pm Raw Milk; 7.30pm Whisky and Cheese

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

Your 2018 cheese list, Melbourne!

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Sixteen of the country’s best artisan producers are bringing their cheese to MOULD, Melbourne. Here’s who is coming to the party, and what they’re bringing with them.

Adelaide

Section28 Artisan Cheeses
Monforte: Handcrafted in very limited quantities from the best cow’s milk produced by the dairy. It is a semi-hard cheese with a complex, but not overpowering flavour. The cheese is sweet, buttery and creamy, with emerging brothy and roasted nut flavours and an earthy undertone.
Mont Priscilla: This semi-soft cheese is distinguishable by the line of ash running through its centre. The orange-brown rind has been washed to produce a full aroma and a silky, subtle taste. It has a soft, yellow-ivory centre that is buttery, sweet and smooth, with hints of fresh hay.
Fleur des Montagnes: A savoury flavour with a slightly sweet finish that is mild and suits all occasions. The cheese is covered by a coating of woodland herbs and spotted with natural mould.
Mont Rouge: A semi-soft cheese with a lightly washed rind that highlights the simple goodness of our milk, collected fresh from the dairy. It has a savoury flavour, with a slightly sweet finish that is mild and suits all occasions.

Victoria

Shaw River Buffalo Cheese
Annie Baxter Special Reserve: A unique cooked curd cheese inspired by traditional pecorino and parmesan techniques with our own special twist. Annie Baxter ‘Special Reserve’ is matured for 4 to 5 months to develop a natural rind creating initial buttery sweet flavours with a slight bitter and herbaceous finish.
Shaw River Buffalo Mozzarella: Made with 100% buffalo milk, this mozzarella is hand stretched and molded using traditional Italian techniques. Each porcelain white ball is encapsulated in a tight thin skin, the crayfish like texture inside is juicy and moist with filamented layers of curd.
Shaw River Annie Baxter: This award winning semi hard, cooked curd cheese is handcrafted using similar techniques to that of a Pecorino cheese, coupled with the unique qualities of buffalo milk.
Shaw River Lady Julia: Drawing on aspects of the cheddar making process and using only pure water buffalo milk ‘Lady Julia’ is matured for a minimum of twelve months during which time it develops a firm but smooth texture. The subtle influence of the buffalo milk makes it creamy white in colour and creates delicate and tantalizing variations in flavour which set this cheese apart from other cheddared cheeses.

BoatShed Cheese
Chelsea Blue: A Stilton-style cow’s milk blue. Mild with a good salty/sweet balance. Crumbly yet smooth on the palate.
Horizon Oozy: A rich goat’s cheese, shaped as a small ‘crottin’ which is typical in southern France. The cheese features a mild white mould rind and a line of vine ash through the centre.
Compass Gold Oozy: Rich, washed in beer, this Jersey cow’s milk cheese is strong and aromatic with a gorgeous golden rind.
Oasis Fresh: Goat cheese in the style of chevre, rolled in a French chive and garlic dust.

Tolpuddle Goat Cheese
Feathertop: A soft, bloomy lactic cheese with a distinctive line of citrus ash running through the chalky centre of the cheese.
Ashed Chevre: A fresh lactic goat cheese lightly dusted with our signature citrus ash made with leaves from our small orange grove on Tolpuddle Farm.
Fresh Goat Curd: A simple, fresh goat cheese with a silky texture and clean acidity. This cheese showcases seasonal changes in the milk – a true test of milk quality.
Ned: A semi-hard Alpine-style goat cheese with a natural rind. Made with rich summer milk, Ned is smooth, sweet and herbaceous when young and develops a drier texture, earthiness and slightly nutty characteristic with age.

Boosey Creek Cheese
Burramine Blue: A slightly firmer dry style blue cheese. Subtle hints of spice and pepper flavours are rounded with great balance and a light acidic finish. A somewhat coarse texture with a lengthy, earthy feel on the palate.
Boosey Blue: Fruity, sweet and nutty with an excellent balance of sweet, bitter and acid flavours.
Boosey Soft: Fresh with a soft and creamy filling, this cheese has earthy mushroom undertones and a silky ivory rind.
Warby Red: This washed rind has a pungent farmyard aroma with strong, rustic yet balanced flavours.

Stone and Crow Cheese Company
Night Walker: Soft, cows milk washed rind.
Four Pillars Moonshine: A collaboration between Stone and Crow and Four Pillars Gin. Cheese and Gin come together in this cows milk semi hard cheese.
Amiel: A doughnut shaped goat’s milk surface ripened cheese.
Galactic: A surface ripened one-week-old cow’s milk cheese.

Milawa Cheese Company
King River Gold: A true washed rind. No colours have been added to this gleaming glory, it has a distinctive ‘gritty’ rind from individual handwashing of every cheese. It exhibits a subtle expression of the washed rind – earthy, smoky and savoury flavours.
Mt Buffalo Blue: This goat’s milk blue has been specially aged for MOULD – A Cheese Festival. It has a rich dense creamy texture with a lovely blue green mould that delivers rich and complex flavours with a nice bite at the finish.
Milawa White: Originally meant to be a Milawa Blue, it is now made without the blue mould spores added to the milk and it develops a tangy, yeasty flavour. This batch for MOULD has once again been aged longer than we usually release it and has slight cheddary notes and lovely salty kick. The ultimate cheese toastie cheese.
Milawa Tomme: It is made in a 2kg barrel shape with a natural rind and is allowed to mature for up to 12 months (this batch is currently about 4 months old). It has great depth of flavour, sweet and savoury with upfront saltiness that dissipates at the back palate.

Prom Country Cheese
Powlett Reserve semi-hard natural rinded cows milk.
Venus Blue sheep milk
2015 Pecorino Pepato with mountain pepper
Merricks Mist mini camembert

NSW

The Pines Kiama
The Pines Pearl: A French Alpine semi-hard cows cheese. Matured for approximately six months. Buttery tones and smooth finish.
The Pines Dream: Our take on a Camembert – a white, surface ripened soft cheese.
The Pines Haloumi: A less salty, extra creamy version of a traditional haloumi with the perfect amount of squeak.
The Pines Labne: A soft yoghurt cheese, perfect for spreading, dipping or adding to dishes.

Nimbin Valley Dairy
St Billie: A surface ripened lactic goat cheese similar in style to the classic goat cheeses from southern France.
Blue Goat: A mild, firm blue cheese that becomes softer with age. The mild blue flavour also becomes stronger with age along with additional fruity flavours.
Tintenbar Triple Cream: A classic bloomy white mould cow’s milk cheese with extra cream added, a luscious yellowish centre with a white mould rind.
Nashua Washed Rind: A cow’s milk cheese that pays homage to the stinky soft cheeses from northern France such as Epoisses. It has a luscious yellowish paste with a mixed white and orange rind which is slightly sticky.

Tasmania

Bruny Island Cheese Co.
Raw milk c2 milk:  A classic cooked curd cow’s milk cheese made in the traditional large wheels. C2 matures for 6-12 months, during which time it develops a sweet aroma & mildly nutty flavour. The rind is wiped every week to encourage the surface bacteria that provide this cheese much of its robust integrity.
Saint: A soft, cow’s milk white mould. In the central plateau of France there are a number of cheeses that are all named after the local Saints. Like our Saint, they are all surface ripened, soft oozy cheeses with a light bloom on the rind.
1792 milk: A soft, cow’s milk washed rind. It was the year the French first set foot on Tasmanian soil and this very French, very pungent little cheese, matured on aromatic Huon Pine boards, celebrates what could have been. It is made in the traditional method – its pinky-orange rind the result of being regularly hand-washed in brine, encouraging the surface bacteria that give this cheese its complex flavour and aroma.
Oen: A a true labour of love; a washed-rind, cow’s milk cheese, washed in Pinot Noir before being wrapped in vine leaves to be carefully matured. The vine leaves protect the cheese and create a moist surface which encourages the flavour development. When mature, OEN’s rind becomes pungent and the texture becomes soft and fudgy.

Tongola Cheese
Curdy: A fresh lactic acid set goats’ milk curd that is best eaten fresh.
Bloom: This cheese features a white, bloomy rind, which encases the soft, creamy textured cheese. Its cows’ milk equivalent is a camembert, but when made with goats milk, it is much cleaner and whiter. The white moulds and different cultures produce a unique and mild flavour, which ripen the cheese as it matures.
Zoe: A fresh lactic curd cheese, ripened within a white mould skin. The centre is creamy white encased in a smooth rind that is wrinkly. Although it is only matured for 7-10 days, it has an aroma of a ripened cheese and packs a flavour punch, a “geotrichum bomb”.

Grandvewe Cheeses
Blondie: Based on a French crottin style of cheese. It’s a lactic Geotrichum cylinder. Some are ashed. Some are white.
Sapphire Blue: Based on a Roquefort. The cheese is a rich, pocketed blue with intense length and complexity.
Old Man: Semi hard washed rind cheese. The only cheese produced in Australia using Cardoon Thistle rennet. Old Man is reminiscent of classic Savoie style mountain cheeses with a funky Tallegio-like rind. A limited number of ‘Smoked Old Man’ will be made especially for MOULD, smoked over Hartshorn Distillery spent oak chips from their American Oaked Vodka)
The Gin Herbalist: A lactic style cheese initially rolled out for the Inaugural MOULD of 2017. Rolled in spent Gin botanicals from our distillery, it is a cheese that is the quintessential indicator of our passion for ‘up cycling’.

Coal River Farm
Triple Cream Brie: A creamy, smooth, indulgent cheese highlighting the outstanding milk quality Tasmania provides.
Coal River Blue: Creamy, medium strength Gorgonzola-based blue cheese hand made and matured 12 weeks.
Washed Rind: Earthy mild washed rind Camembert with mushroom notes.
Tilset: A complex cheese with a semi hard elastic texture. A smooth cheese with notes of a nutty aftertaste.

The Tasmanian Food Co. (Pyengana Dairy and Robur Farm Dairy)
Pyengana Dairy traditonal cloth matured cheddar: Made in heritage vats, using traditional methods handed down through the generations. This cheddar is proudly recognised as one of Australia’s most outstanding cheddars. Matured for at least 12 months.
Pyengana Dairy Reserve Vintage: As above, but matured for at least 18 months.
Robur Farm Dairy Marinated Fetta: Robur Farm Dairy’s single goat herd is located in Tasmania’s North West, with access to fresh clover grass every day, ensuring naturally sweet and mild flavoured milk is used to produce this marinated fetta.
Robur Farm Dairy Spreadable Chevre: This spreadable chevre is available in plain, herb and garlic, caramelised onion, wasabi or jalapeno.

MOULD – A Cheese Festival Returns for 2018!

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After a successful inaugural 2017, MOULD – A Cheese Festival is back for 2018, returning to Melbourne for the second year running, and heading to Sydney for the first time.

Presented by REVEL (the team behind cult wine event Pinot Palooza) in collaboration with cheesemaker and Milk Made author Nick Haddow of Bruny Island Cheese Co., MOULD is a celebration of the Australian cheese industry.

The best artisan cheese producers from around the country – including Bruny Island Cheese Co., Yarra Valley Dairy, Shaw River Buffalo Cheese, Grandvewe, Stone & Crow and many more – will come together for tastings, conversations, demonstrations, and masterclasses.

Demand from the cheese-crazed crowds was so high in 2017, that in 2018, MOULD will operate over multiple limited-capacity sessions. In Melbourne, session one will run from 5pm to 9pm on Friday 4th May, and sessions two and three will run from 11am till 4pm and 5pm till 9pm respectively on Saturday 5th May. In Sydney, two sessions – 11am till 4pm and 5pm till 9pm will run on Saturday 1st September.

Alongside tastings of the best Australian cheeses, each festival session will also feature a food program, with the likes of Maker & Monger, Harper & Blohm and Burn City Smokers serving up cheesy dishes for purchase in Melbourne. Sydney’s food program is still to be confirmed.

To wash down all the cheese, drinks will be available to purchase in both cities from the well-stocked, highly curated bar. Local wines, whisky, beer, cider and sake will all be available; each one chosen for its cheese-pairing characteristics.

Tickets are on sale now for $45 + BF. The price of admission includes a Plumm wine glass, glass of wine from the bar and unlimited tastings of the best Australian cheeses.

MELBOURNE

DATE: Friday 4th (5pm – 9pm) and Saturday 5th May (11am – 4pm and 5pm – 9pm)
VENUE: Meat Market, 5 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne

SYDNEY

DATE: Saturday 1st September (11am – 4pm and 5pm – 9pm)
VENUE: Bay 25, Carriageworks, Eveleigh

BUY TICKETS HERE!

Wine and Cheese Matching is (Generally) Gross. Discuss.

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Most people would agree that wine and cheese is the perfect pairing, but in reality, the two don’t often work together. In some cases, the combination is positively gross.

First, a disclaimer. Let us acknowledge that drinks pairing is very personal. You are, of course, entitled to do what you want, and this is as much opinion as it is science.

Still, we’re not sure who decided that cheese and wine were meant for each other, and when. Wine writer and delicious. magazine drinks editor Mike Bennie thinks it was borne from convention, fostered by lack of imagination, and encouraged by a perpetuation of classic wine and food thinking (i.e., cheese comes at the end of a meal when the heavy reds do, too). Wine educator and writer Clare Burder thinks that we took the few wine and cheese pairings that do work and concluded that they all do.

But consider this.

“When you eat cheese, you get a lactic build-up in your palate, which ends up negating a lot of the nuance in wine,” says Bennie. “If you’re drinking a big red and you have a cheddar alongside it, the creaminess of the cheddar will end up staining your palate in a way that means you won’t be able to appreciate the wine. Nor will the wine be able to cut through that creaminess in order to refresh your palate and encourage another mouthful.

“It creates a sluggish, pleasure-less experience, like stuffing cottage cheese through fishnet stockings. It’s just not the right combo in terms of the way things fit in your mouth.”

Burder agrees. “Pairing wine and cheese is largely a disservice to both,” she says, especially with wines that are high in tannin. “Tannins in wine bind with the fat in cheese, leaving everything else behind and forcing the cheese to dissolve in the wrong way in your mouth.”

Soft cheeses in particular can make red wine taste metallic, thanks to trace compounds of iron in wine which can bind to aldehydes (a type of organic compound) created during the cheese fermentation process.

Bennie and Burder both believe there are much better pairing alternatives (namely beer, cider, sake and whisky), but for those of us who want to keep the wine and cheese dream alive, it’s not completely hopeless. There are a couple of pairings that work well.

One of the most famous is Comté and Vin Jaune (“Yellow Wine” made from white Savagnin grapes), both from the Jura in France. Vin Jaune is made in a similar way to sherry (although Vin Jaune is unfortified), and like sherry and some dry vermouth, its intensity and pungency can stand up to cheese. It is, says Bennie, “the most sublime food and drink pairing in the galaxy.” It’s also a reason why we kept the bar offering at MOULD on the funky side.

More conventional wine and cheese pairings exist, too. Sauvignon Blanc and fresh goat’s cheese is a firm favourite of Burder’s, and she also believes that there’s room for success between Chardonnay (although be careful with oak) and white mould cheeses. Sparkling wine can also work really well, thanks to a hint of sweetness and the cleansing cut-through of its bubbles.

While white wines tend to be a safer bet than red, fruity reds can often do the trick, and this comes down to sugar. “The savoury, umami, salty flavours in cheese are elevated by sugar,” she says, so, like eating cheese with quince paste, pairing cheese with a wine that’s on the sweeter side can really work well.

Whatever you do though, and disclaimer aside, avoid big reds and cheddar. “The classic, men-in-suits-kind-of-dining always crescendos into a slab of cheddar and a big, thick, rich Shiraz,” says Bennie. “That is fucking horror. It’s sumos fucking. It’s no good.”

Some combinations to try:

Yarra Valley Dairy Fresh Pyramid with Sauvignon Blanc
Yarra Valley Dairy Gentle Goat with a Yarra Valley Pinot Rosé
Yarra Valley Dairy Le Jack white mould with Serrat Chardonnay (current vintage)
Yarra Valley Dairy Fresh Ashed Goats Pyramid with Dappled Appellation Chardonnay (current vintage)
Yarra Valley Dairy White Savourine with Dappled Appellation Gewurztraminer (current vintage)
Yarra Valley Dairy Yering (camembert) – Steels Gate Blanc de Blanc
Yarra Valley Dairy Bullseye + St Ronan’s Methode Traditionale Apple Cider
Binnorie Dairy Labneh or Feta with a young Hunter Valley Semillion
Comté and Vin Jaune or other oxidative wine
A washed rind cheese with red vermouth
 

Images courtesy of Yarra Valley Dairy

 

 

 

 

People’s Choice 2017

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Picking a favourite cheese at the first ever Mould: A Cheese Festival, was a bit like picking a favourite child! Each was delicious in its own way. But, you still managed to vote for your favourites. Here’s your Top Five for 2017.

  1. Shaw River Buffalo
  2. Tolpuddle Goat Cheese
  3. Milawa Cheese
  4. Bruny Island Cheese Co.
  5. Coal River Farm

Marrook Farm

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Tell Us Your Story!
David Marks and Heidi Fallding started farming bio-dynamically with the Australian Demeter method more than thirty years ago. David is passionate about milking cows and Heidi about making yoghurt and cheese, so about twenty years ago we built the first dairy factory on a farm in NSW and began making cultured dairy products on our farm on the Bulga Plateau in the mountains of the mid north coast of NSW. Yoghurt, quark and fetta have been our mainstays, but in the last ten years we have been making Swiss style cheeses over the summer months.
We have always prided ourselves in making the most pure and simple dairy products in small batches in the most traditional way. Our cheeses are hand made with great care.

Tell us three things about your style of cheeses and what makes them unique?
We are certified Demeter bio-dynamic farmers who believe that the simplest and purest ingredients make the best food. bio-dynamic practices care for our land and the health of our animals, which we believe is an essential ingredient of good milk. We like the fact that we both know and milk the cows and also make the products from our milk.
Our cheeses are only made over the summer and autumn months with the fresh milk from our Ayrshire/Aussie red cows.
Bulga cheese is a hard cheese, made in the style of a Swiss mountain/gruyere cheese and is matured for at least six months. We are now making Bulga with fresh raw milk. We believe we are the first certified organic/bio-dynamic dairy to be doing this.
Brinawa cheese is a semi-hard washed curd cheese, which is aged at least three months but develops a lovely strong flavour after longer maturation.

Do you have a favourite Cheese pun?
Our farm is whey out of the whey

Hard or Soft?
hard cheese always

Funniest cheese making experience?
Living on a farm , milking cows and making dairy products from our own cows milk is fun!
Some days are funnier than others!

The Pines // Kiama, NSW

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The Pines, in the rolling hills above Kiama, NSW, has been in the Grey family since 1854. It functioned mostly as a commercial dairy farm until a few years ago when husband and wife team Kel and Mahlah Grey converted it into a micro-dairy where they produce milk, gelato, pot-set yoghurt and now cheese under The Pines brand.
Being passionate sustainable farmers, they concluded the best way to showcase their award-winning milk was to turn it into the ultimate artisan product – cheese. But, like all good things, the process has taken some time. Over the past three years, the couple has started to upgrade their skills, equipment and knowledge levels. They now have a proper cheese maturation room (in an old converted grain silo) and new vats.
But while cheesemaking is a relatively new venture for the Greys, dairy farming is not. As sixth generation dairy farmers, they know the quality of their produce starts with what their cows eat – a natural pasture-based diet that allows for seasonal variations. Their 28 Holstein cows are raised using sustainable, biodynamic farming practices with a huge emphasis on animal welfare and herd health. They’ve also started cross-breeding their Holsteins with an old French breed, Normande, to create a herd that produces an even higher quality of milk. The Greys start every cow by hand, milk twice a day and do everything on farm using minimal processing – slow speed pumps, low-temp pasteurisation and packaging by hand.
For this reason, their milk is one of the best available in Australia and has been a State Winner in the delicious. Produce awards for the last two years. They want the seasonal variations in their milk to be highlighted in the cheeses they produce.
At the moment, there’s no farm gate or cellar door on the property, so the best way to buy The Pines cheeses is local farmer’s markets. However they are working on creating an on-farm shop, so watch this space!
The Pines Kiama
152 Saddleback Mountain Rd, Kiama NSW

Hard or soft?
Hard

Best cheese and booze match ever?
Cheddar and stout

Funniest cheese making experience?
We don’t speak Italian yet we spent a day in the Italian Alps learning to make cheese from an Italian Cheese maker who didn’t speak ANY English! Ciao Bella!