Cape Cheese Route and Tours

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What is the Cape Cheese Route

 

South African cheeses rates amongst the best in the world and the Western Cape specifically produces the most amazing artisanal and traditional cheeses you can imagine! Combine this with great weather, superb wines, the most amazing scenery and you would wonder why we haven’t started this years ago!

The Cape Cheese Route and Tours provides you a unique opportunity to experience different cheese at its origin (or in close proximity) and allows you to get up close and personal with the people driving this wonderful slow food forward. Come and experience their passion and determination and find out what makes their cheeses so unique.

 

Klein Rivier Cheese

About Klein Rivier

 

Klein River Cheese Farmstead is a celebration of cheese, picnics and family. We exist to unleash the inner artisan in every one of us.

We are not just creating cheese and picnics but inspiring chefs and romantics, nature lovers and healthy, family-centered ambassadors. Our cheese is a vehicle to join the artisan movement.

Klein River Cheese Farmstead is not only about our products, it’s our culture.

Cheese Descriptions

 

Gruyère style - Washed Rind Cheeses

Klein River GRUBERG (Young)
Klein River Gruberg – Young is a Swiss-Style Gruyère matured for at least 3 months.It has a crumbly texture which leads to creaminess and a slight tang with mild buttery notes.
 
Klein River GRUBERG (Mature)
Klein River Farmstead’s flagship cheese. Klein River Gruberg – Mature opens up with rustic earthy noteswhile presenting nutty and tropical flavours due to its 6 months’ maturation period.For the discerning cheese lover!
 
Klein River GRUBERG (Extra Mature)
An iconic cheese. Klein River Gruberg – Extra Mature is matured for up to 12 months and has cheesecrystals embedded within its crumbly texture. Full flavoured, showing earthy and nutty notes.Limited Availability.
 
Klein River VAN BEULEN
A South African Gruyère style cheese with a unique recipe and complex in flavour.Named after our cheesemaker, Jaco Van Beulen, who has been at Klein River Farmstead for over 20 years.
 

Grana / Parmesan style

Klein River GRANA
2014 SA Dairy Product of the YearKlein River Grana is a hard cheese that displays crystals which provides a characteristic crunch.It is aged for up to a year and reveals tangy, fruity & fragrant notes.
 

Gouda style - Washed Curd Cheeses

Klein River DANBO
Klein River Danbo is a Danish style cheese that is creamy and aromatic with a smooth texture.A firm family favourite.
 
Klein River HAVARTI
Its unique maturation room and 4 months maturation period develops a cheese with supreme, velvetycreaminess and full-flavoured hazelnut notes.
 
Klein River OVERBERG
Klein River Overberg is a 5 month matured cheese which has a rich, robust flavour and endless creaminess.Jointly Awarded: Best New Cheese in the World 2015-2016 at the World Cheese Awards.Limited Availability.
 

Cheddar style

Klein River COLBY
Klein River Colby is cheddar-style cheese with a sweet, caramel finish. An all purpose cheese.Children love it!
 

Speciality

Klein River OAK SMOKED STANFORD
Our very popular Stanford is sent to a smoke house where is it oak smoked in the traditional manner for 18hours. It results in a sweet, tangy and nutty cheese complimented by a smokey aftertaste. A firm favourite!
 
Klein River LEYDEN
A unique, herbaceous cheese interspersed with caraway seeds which adds a distinctive aniseed-flavour andan unexpected cooling effect.
 
Klein River RACLETTE
Sometimes smelly and sometimes bland. But wait until you melt or grill Klein River Raclette!The sweet and fruity flavours ooze out when melted… Who doesn’t love grilled cheese and fondues?
 
 

Contact Details

028 341 0693 | www.kleinrivercheese.co.za | info@kleinrivercheese.co.za | R326, Stanford, Overberg, WC, RSA
 

About Fairview Cheese

 

Cheese production at Fairview started in 1980, when Cyril Back purchased a herd of Saanen milking goats and brought them to the farm. At the time, goats milk cheese was an unknown product in South Africa. Cyril employed the assistance of Michele Agostinelli to begin the Fairview Vineyard Cheesery, producing a small range of goats’ milk cheeses for sale from the farm.

In 1992, Louis Lourens was employed as head cheese maker. In 1995, Jersey milk was introduced and subsequently the range of cheeses produced expanded to include cow’s milk cheeses as well as a range of products combining cow and goats’ milk.

Today, the Fairview Cheesery produces a range of over 50 cow’s milk and goat’s milk artisanal cheeses, including white mould, blue mould, feta and cream cheese styles.

To ensure there is something for everyone, we strive to offer a range of both traditional cream cheeses such as Brie and Camembert, while our winning innovations such as our White and Blue Rock cheeses help place us ahead of the herd. All our cheeses are made with non-animal rennet and are certified Halaal and Kosher. All that’s left for you to do it taste and enjoy!

Profile of our Cheesemaker

The Fairview Vineyard Cheesery’s team is led by cheese maker Louis Lourens, who has been with the company since 1990. His extensive experience and insight into the industry is vital in maintaining Fairview’s position as an industry leader and innovator. Lourens is assisted by cheesemaker Bruce Rowbotham, who joined the company in 2005. In addition, Fairview has assembled a team of experienced staff and food technologists who assist in all aspects of new product development and quality control.

We do have some recipes that Nina Timm is currently making for us, here is a selection of her latest recipes:http://www.my-easy-cooking.com/cheese/

 

Cheese Descriptions

 

Brie and Camembert

Traditional Camembert
A traditional recipe is used to produce this Camembert. The firm texture at beginning of shelf life will change to a soft and bulging texture towards end of shelf life. The flavour intensifies with age to a characteristic earthy, mushroom aroma
 
Vintner’s Brie
A traditional full flavoured, soft white mould cheese with a creamy ‘mushroom’ flavour.
 
Traditional Brie
A traditional recipe, full flavoured, soft white mould cheese with a creamy ‘mushroom’ flavour. This Brie will ripen from the outside towards the centre. Enzymes produced by the white mould interact with the cheese proteins to give the characteristic soft texture and a favour that will intensify with ripening. This is an ideal Brie for cheese boards and cooking
 
Roydon Camembert
The Fairview’s flagship cheese, Roydon Camembert is crafted using a secret, traditional recipe and is named in honour of one of Fairview’s earlier cheesemakers. It is produced in the traditional French method, with a dash of our goats’ milk to give farmhouse flavour and characteristics.
 
Camembert Ripe & Ready
This Jersey cows’ milk Camembert is mild and creamy, with an even, supple texture and characteristic savoury flavour. Fairview’s Ready to Eat cheeses are produced to be ready to enjoy as soon as you purchase them. So don’t worry if you have left it to the last minute to stock up for your cheeseboard!
 
Brie Ripe & Ready
This Jersey cows’ milk Brie is mild and creamy, with an even, supple texture and characteristic savoury flavour. Fairview’s Ready to Eat cheeses are produced to be ready to enjoy as soon as you purchase them. So don’t worry if you have left it to the last minute to stock up for your cheeseboard! Although it will continue to soften slightly as they mature, the body of this cheese will not ooze like some traditional Brie.
 

Blue & White Rock Cheese

Blue Rock
A full fat blue veined Roquefort-style cheese with a rich flavour and a firm yet creamy texture. A lengthy four- to six-month maturation ensures that the enzymes produced by the mould interact with the fats and proteins in the cheese to create the characteristic taste and flavour.
 
Blue Tower
A full fat blue veined Gorgonzola style cheese with a mild avour and rich creamy texture. Blue Tower is made with more cream than our famous Blue Rock, resulting in a rich texture. It also has a slightly higher moisture content, making it a bit softer and more decadent.
 
White Rock with Cranberries
A mild, semi-soft white cheese with added cranberries and natural fruit essences. A lovely combination of sweet fruits and a cheesy flavour. A favourite in the tasting room on the Fairview farm.
 
White Rock with Figs
A mild, semi-soft white cheese with added glazed figs and natural fruit essences. A lovely combination of sweet fruits and a cheesy flavour.
 
White Rock with Pear & Caramel
A mild, semi-soft white cheese with added glazed pear and natural caramel flavour. A lovely combination of sweet fruits and a cheesy flavour.
 
White Rock Mango & Ginger
A mild, semi-soft white cheese with added glazed mango, ginger and natural fruit essences. A lovely combination of sweet fruits and a cheesy flavour.
 

Soft Cheese & Feta

Chevin Traditional
A soft, goat’s milk cheese with a characteristic avour. Chevin is one of the first cheeses that was made at Fairview and is the most popular goat’s milk product. It is still made using the same traditional recipe, with the curd pressed in muslin bags to remove just the right amount of whey.
 
Chevin Garlic & Herb
A soft goat’s milk cheese with a mild goat flavour, rolled in garlic and herbs. Made from 100% goat milk. This cheese was awarded the 2009 SA Dairy Championships Product of the Year, becoming the first goat’s milk cheese ever to do so.
 
Chevin Black Pepper & Paprika
First Prize at the 2011 South African National Dairy Championships. A soft goats’ milk cheese with a mild goat flavour, rolled in crushed black pepper and paprika.
 
Crottin
One of the first cheeses produced at Fairview, Crottin is a full flavoured, firm, white mould cheese made to a traditional recipe. This cheese has a goat flavour that intensifies with age.
 
Low Fat Cream Cheese Onion & Chives
A traditional Jersey cow’s milk cream cheese with added onion and chives. This is a versatile cooking cheese, and is superb when tossed with fresh egg pasta and grilled Mediterranean vegetables.
 
Low Fat Cream Cheese Black Pepper
A traditional cow’s milk cream cheese rolled in freshly ground black pepper. This is one of our most popular cheeses, and is great on a freshly baked potato or as a stuffing in chicken breasts.
 
Fairview Feta
Fairview’s delicious flat-packed Jersey cow’s milk feta. No mucky brine wasting space in your fridge or spilling when you try to open the tub.
 
Fairview Feta with Dried Olives
Fairview’s delicious flat-packed Jersey cow’s milk feta with dried olives. No mucky brine wasting space in your fridge or spilling when you try to open the tub.
 
 

Contact Details

021 863 2450 | www.fairview.co.za | info@fairview.co.za | Fairview Wine and Cheese, Suid-Agter Paarl Road, Suider-Paarl, 7646

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