You Can Go On A Gourmet Cheese Crawl In Tasmania
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Warning: This article is intolerant of lactose intolerance. Sorry about that.
Ah, Tasmania. Our island state, home to one way streets, remote wilderness, our most unusual art gallery and of course, the rich pastures, pure air and mild climate to produce really (really, really) good food. Case in point, Tasmanian cheese is actually next level. It’s honestly like an artisanal fromage fantasy down there, complete with the hazy food comas and weird dreams (how do you think someone thought up MONA?).
The sheer volume of cheese producers in Tasmania is immense, but the great news is a number of these cheeseries are open for visitors and tastings, meaning you can base your entire holiday around a spectacular gourmet cheese crawl.
Unzip those jeans, my friend. Here’s how to cover off four amazing places in a four and a half hour return road trip from Hobart.
#1 The Wicked Cheese Company
Where: 1238 Richmond Rd, Richmond, TAS
The Wicked Cheese Company pride themselves on using only the purest hormone-free and chemical-free milk from grass-fed cows. They must be doing something right, as the relatively newish cheesemaker have a host of awards under their belt, including the Supreme Cheese Champion Trophy at the 2008 Royal Melbourne Show for their Triple Cream Brie. Head to their factory in Richmond to see how the cheese is made, plus tasting and sale of their product ranges at wholesale prices.
#2 Tongola Goat Products
Where: 258A Sunday Hill Road, Wattle Grove, TAS
Tongola Goat Products is a small artisan fromagery with a focus entirely on producing handmade goat milk cheeses from their own herd of organically reared Toggenburg goats. They produce four varieties of cheese, including Curdly (fresh and unsalted), Capri (a young, fresh cheese), Bloom (a white mould cheese) and Billy (a hard and flavourful aged cheese). Visits are possible by prior appointment, so make sure to call ahead to schedule.
#3 Grandvewe Cheeses
Where: 59 Devlyns Road, Birchs Bay, TAS
In the mood for an afternoon tipple? Luckily, your next stop double as both a sheep cheese cellar and certified organic vineyard. Stop by the cellar door for wine tasting, cheese tasting and even sheep milking demonstrations (daily at 3pm between October and March).
#4 Bruny Island Cheese Company
Where: 1807 Bruny Island Main Road, Great Bay, TAS
Arguably the most famous artisan cheese-makers on the Apple Isle, the Bruny Island Cheese Company matures their cheese meticulously. Helmed by Nick Haddow, who spent ten years working with specialist cheese makers in many different countries around the world, the variety of cheeses produced have a distinctly Tasmanian character. Even though this is the last stop on your cheese crawl before heading back to Hobart, while you’re there you can sign up to their Cheese Club to have delicious seasonal bundles delivered right to your door eight times a year. So hey now, hey now, don’t dream it’s over.
(Lead image: Bruny Island Cheese Company)