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The Pines is a micro-dairy located in the rolling hills above Kiama. As 6th generation dairy farmers we believe the quality of our produce starts with what our cows eat – a natural pasture based diet that allows for seasonal variations. Our 26 Holstein cows are raised using sustainable, biodynamic farming practices with a huge emphasis on animal welfare and herd health. We 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. This means our milk is one of the best available in Australia, being a State Winner in the delicious. Produce awards for the last 2 years.
We’re now venturing into the world of cheese making – where we want to celebrate the seasonal variations in our milk, allowing the different complexities of the pasture to be highlighted in the cheeses we produce.
Tell us three things about your style of cheeses and what makes them unique?
All of Cheeses are made by hand using our own milk from our own small herd of Holstein Cows.
Our small batches of cheese reflect directly on what the cows are eating with seasonal fluctuations allowing for a variety of Characteristics at different times of year.
Although we have been dairy farmers for 6 generations this is our first year of making cheeses, mostly self taught with a lot of learning to do but tonnes of enthusiasm.
Hard or Soft?
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