Artisan cheese makers use love, experience and patience to produce some astounding hand made cheeses. From small creameries and farms come fresh cheeses, washed and bloomy rind, blue, hard and semi hard artisan cheeses. Handcrafted by the best cheese makers in Otago into Blues, Bries, Edams and Camemberts.
Evansdale Cheese was the first small cheese making factory in New Zealand, beginning in 1978, with the Dennison family cow. The Dennison Family makes artisan cheese, handmade, cared for, and left to age with the preservation of natural processes, free of preservatives and calf rennet.
As so often is the case with talented, passionate artisan cheese makers - it all began small. With one house goat, and making cheese in the kitchen for family and friends - but when friends and family raved about what was being created, Nick and Faith took the leap to create their small artisan cheesery. With son Bryce helping, they designed their cheesery, gained expereince and compliance and commenced operations. 8 years later, things are in full swing with amazing cheese styles on offer.
From livestock farming to cheese making – the Berry family has been in the farming lifestyle for over four generations and take their pledge to the land very seriously. During the 1980’s droughts the Berry patriarch was nudged into the cheese making industry and this branch of the family business has flourished and expanded into the successful sole purpose of the Berry enterprise. As the years passed Simon Berry, the son of the family joined the business and brought along a unique skillset and a breath of fresh air to the business which is now a deli, cheese shop and factory that employs over 50 staff members.