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