Stellenbosch | Trailblazing this country’s cheese scene for many decades, we’ve been part of the journey that’s transformed South Africa into a nation of cheese lovers. Today it’s hard to believe that there was a time when speciality cheeses were virtually unheard of here. Feta was first made here as recently as 1974, and white rind cheeses such as camembert and brie were still viewed as ‘exotic’ back in the 1980s. Our cheese is made in Stellenbosch and the small country towns of Bonnievale and Ladismith. Many cows have been milked since the very first Jersey herd made its way here back in 1892, many full moons made of cheese have come and gone. But after all this time the rich, creaminess of the milk continues to inspire our cheese makers.
Paarl | Anura Vineyards is also home to Forest Hill Cheesery which produces a range of artisan white mould, soft and mature style cheeses. Established in 2000, Forest Hill began production of wonderful rich flavoured, creamy white molds cheeses, namely Camembert and Brie. The specific focus is to produce a style of Camembert and Brie that is more flavourful, creamy and rich than the commercial, new world style but at the same time not as overly ripe and mature as the “old world French” style. Other cheeses in the range include mild, 2-3 month matured soft cheeses namely, Bella, Marisch and Manchego which have become popular table cheeses and an excellent addition to any cheese board. The flagship, Anura Mountain Cheese, is a Gruyere style cheese matured for 5-7 months to develop complex, rich flavour. Production at the cheesery is small in volume and the cheeses are still all made by hand with no machinery involved in the production process. This allows production of boutique style, full flavoured cheeses. Forest Hill cheeses are beautifully paired with Anura’s range of wines and are all available for tasting and purchase at the Anura Wine Tasting Centre.
Wellington | Buffalo Ridge is the only water buffalo dairy in South Africa and the country’s only producer of buffalo mozzarella. Mozzarella di Bufala is recognised as one of the great cheeses of the world and is another culinary innovation for which the world is indebted to Italy. There are only a handful of buffalo mozzarella producers outside of Italy. Buffalo Mozzarella (mozzarella di bufala) belongs to the stretched curd type cheese, known as pasta filata, and should not be confused with the less acclaimed cows’ milk mozzarella (fior di latte). The buffalo milk mozzarella from Buffalo Ridge is made in the traditional, centuries-old method, using only whole buffalo milk and selected cultures to obtain the desired flavour and texture. The mozzarella is hand-made, but machine moulded in the modern Italian tradition. Other Buffalo Ridge products are whole milk, feta, fromage blanc, yoghurt and a mature, aged cheese called Rockwood. Our products contain no preservatives, chemical additives, colourants or flavourants.
Swellendam | La Mont, a private dairy farm, is situated on the rolling hills at the foot of the spectacular Langeberg mountains between the towns of Ashton and Swellendam. The La Mont Cheese Factory on the farm is equipped with some of the most advanced technology which enables La Mont to produce a unique range of excellent products. An individual approach and limited production ensures that there’s enough time to make the best effort to produce cheese with the highest quality. The La Mont cheese range includes feta, Halloumi, Montaan (white Gouda), Sweetmilk, Cheddar, Royal Ashton, Maasdam, Pecorino, Parmesan (fine grated), Organic feta, Organic gouda, Organic cheddar, Ashton Creme and Cream Cheese.
Puglia cheese today produces not just the most authentic mozzarella in SA, but does so by hand; as done centuries ago producing cheese such as Burrata (a filled mozzarella ball, oozing with ripped mozzarella soaked in double cream), a customary stretched mozzarella, the knot-shaped Nodini and a more traditional mozzarella ball, the Fior di latte roughly translated as the “Flower of the milk”.
Tsitsikamma | The award-winning, handcrafted cheeses made in line with the international Slow Food principles Fynboshoek Cheese range includes Dairy (Hard Cheese), Goat’s Milk Crottin & Formosa & Cow’s Milk Cheddar and Mozzarella. Fynboshoek offers artisan cheese-making demonstrations making mozzarella and/or cheddar.
Kasselshoop’s traditional cheese is produced on the Kasselman family farm, Klein Soebattersvlakte. The farm is situated on route to Stilbaai, the well know holiday resort in the Southern Cape. Here, in the heart of “fynbos” country, four generations of Kasselman’s have been breeding Jersey’s known for the rich and creamy milk they produce.
All our products are natural, unpasteurized & free of hormones or antibiotics. Our cows are free ranging and certified free of Tuberculosis & Brucellosis. All our cheese is handmade from raw, full cream milk & kosher vegetable/microbial rennet. We guarantee the most natural product, from monitoring the grazing for our cows right through to the cheese making process.
Paarl | A passion driven family business dedicated to producing quality cheese from the ground up. Dalewood Fromage is an integral part of Dalewood Farm. It is an artisanal farmstead operation producing cheese from the ground up with the goal to handcraft. The source is Dalewood’s own Jersey milk which makes it a genuine ESTATE cheese. Dalewood’s unique recipes were formulated by Rob Visser who studied Dairy Technology. After years of experimenting, time in France sniffing out traditional cheese making secrets and countless cheese tastings the Wineland range was launched – inspired by the magic and romance of the surrounding vineyards. The range of speciality cheese includes Brie, Camembert and Blue in different styles, shapes and sizes to suit any occasion. Last but not least are the Huguenot®, Boland™ and Lanquedoc™; uniquely Dalewood, uniquely South African
Franschhoek | Imported authentic French cheese at La Cotte Inn wine sales in central Franschhoek.
The family-run business has been crafting cheese for more than 20 years on the Farmstead and has been passed down the Lourens family for three generations since 1971. Klein River Cheese Farmstead is situated near Stanford, an art and foodie heritage village, surrounded by a lazy, meandering river, lush forests and grey-cliff, jagged mountains.
Paarl | 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 Fairview Cheese is made with non-animal rennet and are certified Halaal and Kosher. All that’s left for you to do it taste and enjoy!
Darling | Udderly Delicious Darling hand-makes six different fresh cheese types from cow, sheep, goat or buffalo milk, including Skattie (between Gouda and cheddar), Caciotta (between feta and brie), Pepper Caciotta (with black pepper), beer cheese with Darling Brew Native Ale, Mascarpone, Ricotta and occaiosnally Pecorino.
Ladismith | Ladismith Cheese is situated in the picturesque town of Ladismith in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. Cheese has been manufactured in Ladismith since 1940. Under the leadership of Roy Taylor, Ladismith Cheese Company (Pty) Ltd was founded in June 1999 and cheese production started in a brand new factory on 1 November 1999. The quality products from Ladismith Cheese are available in supermarkets throughout the major centres of South Africa.
Durbanville | The Delle Donne family have been making Italian style cheeses on Zandam Farm in the Cape Winelands for more than 50 years – supplying an array of Italian cheeses to many top restaurants, distributors and the catering industry. At Zandam there is no compromise for quality or service. The Zandam Cheese range includes Bocconcini, Fior di latte, Mascarpone, Pecorino, Pepato, Mozzarella, Provolone, Ricotta and Smoked Mozzarella.
Kommetjie | 100% natural and freshly made on the farm, our cheese is free of colourants and preservatives and made from unpasteurised milk. In production for over a decade, our handmade goat’s milk cheeses are now made by French cheese-maker Pépé Charlot with milk from Imhoff Farm’s very own herd of milking goats. As you can imagine, this has only added to their quality and flavour – not to mention their carbon foot print status! The milk from our Saanen, British Alpine and Toggenburg breeds is used to produce a wide range of different goats cheeses.
Wellington | Foxenburg Estate is situated on the spectacular northern slopes of the Groenberg Mountain just 15 minutes from the center of Wellington in the Western Cape. Foxenburg Estate has been recognized as a priority biodiversity site in the Cape Floristic region and has become a committed partner with Cape Nature in their stewardship program and have an established nature reserve on a large part of the farm. We are also a member of the Renosterveld conservancy which is the largest remaining intact piece of Renosterveld left in the Western Cape
We are committed to establishing a safe, pollutant free natural environment for the health of our employees and livestock, and to produce the best organic products in our field on the market. We are committed to the improvement of the social conditions of all our employees through education, mentorship programs and active participation of all activities the farm is involved in.
Like many great families, we come from humble beginnings. Found in 1996 in a coastal town called Sedgefield, Western Cape, we later expanded to George, which to this day remains the home of the LANCEWOOD® Factory. We are proud to have maintained a relationship with local farmers from whom we source fresh milk daily.
At LANCEWOOD®, we produce a range of cheese and dairy products that have won us a number of local and international awards and rightly earned us an excellent reputation for superior quality and flavour.
Over the years, we’ve provided the same taste and quality that South African families have come to love and expect, preserving our leading position in the industry and in homes.