Why You Should Visit the Hunter Valley Cheese Shop

Why You Should Visit the Hunter Valley Cheese Shop

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 01/23/2019

Reading time: 3 mins

The Hunter Valley is famous for its excellent wineries amidst the incredible lush scenery. But it is also a cheese lover’s heaven, being home to the delicious Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop.

This cheese shop opened in 2004, established to create a complimenting feature to pair with the local wines. Jam-packed in a unique setting, a working factory, a maturation area, a shop, a restaurant, and a tasting room are all place together for an exceptional experience. Tourists can visit the authentic place where these cheeses are created, seeing and learning about the whole process for each type of cheese they try.

It’s Creations

The shop creates handmade, preservative-free cheeses ranging in different tastes and textures. Popular choices include a soft brie, colourful blue cheeses, a tangy Cotija, or deliciously fresh mozzarella. This award-winning cheese-making factory makes not just everyone’s favourites, but unique flavours only found in the Hunter Valley. Try out the cheese tasting platter offered, to give you a chance to taste a large range of flavours.

The shop offers not just cheese, but locally grown olives, seasoned oils, and homemade chutney and spreads. Take your pick as you nibble on the samples offered to you, narrowing down which to cheese and spreads to purchase. It’s guaranteed your next party’s antipasto platter will be the talk of the town with these bad boys on board.

Unique Highlights

With celebration, comes cheese. It is no secret that a party can only improve with a large range of cheeses to choose from. The Hunter Valley Cheese Shop has jumped on board the cheese party, offering a unique cheese festivity. Say hello to the new wedding fad, Cheese Wedding Cakes! That’s right, these stacked cheese wheels are an alternative to the traditional white wedding cake. With fresh fruit and pastes covering the ‘cake’ with offer decoration as well as a complimenting flavour to the cheeses.

The shop travels, with small market stalls setting up throughout the NSW area. If you are interested in visiting the local markets, check out the Cheese stalls schedule to see where they will pop up for the weekend.

How to get there

The Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop is around a two-hour drive from Sydney’s inner city. Sitting near the bottom of the Hunter region, it is less than an hour drive from Newcastle. Head on up and breathe in that stinky cheese scent.

Related article: What else does the Hunter Valley offer besides wineries?

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.

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