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.
With a small flock of goats for cheese production, all of whom are well known for their personalites, this artisan and certified organic cheese maker family provides their goats with happy lives. The entire cheese making journey is one of passion and love for the land and the animals and the process. As a quintessential artisan cheese company, this love and respect for the craft and community ensrues that every cheese is birthed in organic soils and beautiful herbal lay pastures, to happy healthy goats, happy milking and finally a product that is amazing, with no added rinds or other holders, just edible naturaly goodness.
Mônica and Jenny have been making cheese at home together since 2008, after they met as scientists at Ruakura. Thier cheeses soon became very popular with friends and work colleagues. Like most artisans, this passion and desire of craft and the joy it created, compelled them to take the leap and start making cheese commercially. Cilantro Cheese was born and today, is a multi award-winning artisan cheese company located in Hamilton, specialising in goat’s milk, handmade following traditional methods.
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.
From small begginings in Holland where the craft of cheese making was learned, to arriving in NZ in 1983, Ben and Fieke began producing quality cheeses in Waikato. Meyer Gouda Cheese is family run business with Ben and Fieke's children carrying the mantel of one of the most awarded companies in New Zealand.
Meet Sue Arthur, an artisan cheese makers whose passion for dairy products and cheese saw her set up Over the Moon in 2007. Within a year, first cheeses were created and medals were being won! With a deli in Putaruru and one in Cambridge, and ably supported by an amazing cheese making (and tasting) team, Over the Moon makes handcrafted cheeses from locally sourced cow, goat, sheep and buffalo milk. The range includes traditional hard cheeses like Cheshire and Romano through to soft cheeses and blues. With a commitment to the craft of the making, and the people that create that artisan cheese magic, Over the Moon is to the moon and back with flavour.
The Cheese Barn, owned and operated by Kelvin and Cathy Haigh has been a local family business for over twenty years and has perfected the craft of artisan cheese creation. As a certified organic cheese maker, the Cheese Barn does'nt use any artificial additives, antibiotics, growth hormones or chemical sprays in our products.The amazing gouda's, blue's, feta's and brie's are all sourced from a local organic milk farm and are unhomogenised, gluten free, and have no GMO.