Ulladulla’s award-winning Cupitt’s Winery has added another string to its already bulging bow, with the opening of a new fromagerie.
This means not only can the delicious house-made cheeses be devoured in the restaurant and at the cellar door, they can now be taken home and enjoyed as well. It has been a long-time dream of owners Rosie and Griff to add a cheese room to the boutique winery, micro-brewery and French flavoured restaurant at Cupitt’s. Rosie has been studying the art of cheese making, both here in Australia and in France, for four years and has recently received her licence from the NSW Food Authority. Her French mentor, Ivan Larcher, comes to Australia regularly to conduct workshops hosted by ASCA – the Australian Specialist Cheese Makers Association and Rosie also visits his dairy in France as often as possible.
Rosie explains it’s all about adding value to the food and wine industry on the South Coast. Years ago the dairy industry was big – the winery itself was established on an old dairy farm. The cheese room at the winery is known as “the Creamery” as it was the place where the dairy milk was once processed and stored. The aim of the fromagerie is to build on that history with local milk, both goat and cow, used as the main ingredient.
The flavour of the fromagerie is specialty, artisan-style cheeses that are hand-made, taking an exceptional level of care in the production process. Rosie creates a selection of hard and soft cheeses, using both goat and cow milk. The range includes a goat Tomme (semi-hard), Caprino Romano, Cercles (goat Camembert), both goat and cow blue, traditional cloth-bound cheddar, Gouda (experimental at this stage), cow milk Brie, marinated Persian fetta (goat milk) and an experimental Taleggio (washed rind for which Cupitt’s beer is an ingredient). Rosie is in the process of building up a supply of vintage hard cheeses too.
In the future Rosie intends to start cheese courses for the public, teaching the art of creating the perfect cheeseboard, but for the moment tours of the fromagerie are available through an excellent viewing window where you can gain an insight into the highly skilled art of cheese making.
58 Washburton Road Ulladulla NSW 2539
Ph: (02) 44 55 7888
By Lesley Roulston