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 Waikato into Blues, Bries, Edams and Camemberts.
Waikato based Dutchman Albert Alferink has been turning his neighbour's milk into 15-20 varieties of tasty Dutch-style cheese, for the best part of 40 years. All out of a little factory which he built himself. Transforming milk into some of the greatest cheeses around is an art few have perfected, but the Mercer Cheese Shop is definitely one of the cheese masters of Waikato. With a loyal customer base and reviews from people who travel far and wide for a few tantalising tastes of famous Mercer Cheese, this is undeniably one of the gems of the region. Albert is considered a legend in his own right and uses traditional Dutch methods and recipes to transform fresh milk from local dairies into aromatic, flavoursome and, somewhat, unforgettable cheeses. Sample the region’s finest cheeses and stock up with everything from goudas to feta and everything in between.