Klein River Cheese

Klein River Cheese
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An artisanal cheesery crafting award winning South African cheeses using the finest ingredients and traditional methods. Winners of the 2014 SA Dairy Product of the Year and the Woolworths Cheese Makers Challenge, Klein River’s unique range boasts fourteen handcrafted cheeses.
Visit Klein River Cheese Shop for a cheese tasting; to view the cheese making process; and to shop for gourmet goodies. Stay to enjoy a cheese platter or even a gourmet picnic served with local wines.
Open Monday to Friday 9-5; Saturdays 9-1; Public Holidays 9-2

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Klein River Cheese is an artisanal cheesery creating award winning South African cheeses. The farm is situated in the beautiful Klein River Valley just outside the village of Stanford in the Overberg region of South Africa. The farm is also home to the Baleta Family who own and run the business with the help of their children Hannah, Nicolas and Matthew; as well as a longstanding team of employees.

Klein River Cheese farm is open to the public and visitors can taste and purchase the cheeses from within The Cheese Shop. During the summer months The Picnic Shed offers delicious picnic lunches as well as cheese platters for guests to enjoy in the gardens or on the banks of the tranquil Klein river. The farm is a children’s paradise and has a large, extensive play-park with many friendly farm animals to keep children entertained.

History

The Baleta family recently purchased the farm from the Lourens family who owned the business for 42 years.

Klein River Cheese was started in 1995 by Riaan and Shelley Lourens. Riaan inherited the family farm from his father and originally supplied bottled milk to the neighbouring coastal villages, but milk sales fluctuated due to the seasonal migration of visitors and they often found that they had surplus milk. Therefore they started looking for value-enhancing alternatives for the milk.

Together with a Swiss/German cheese maker, who later trained local cheese maker, Jacko Van Beulen, they started experimenting with cheese. At the time the South African cheese industry was small and South African’s mostly enjoyed milder cheeses, they wanted to make something different and therefore started producing a South African Gruyère (now known as Gruberg). The more people tasted the stronger, harder, nutty cheese the more they loved it and their core business soon changed from farming to cheese manufacturing!

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Picnic at Klein River this Winter

Picnic at Klein River this Winter

Published: 11 May 2015
By: Klein River Cheese

This year we’ve decided to make it possible to picnic through the winter...

Sale of Klein River Cheese

Sale of Klein River Cheese

Published: 02 Apr 2015
By: Klein River Cheese

Many of you have heard that we have recently sold Klein River Cheese. It has been a rather emotional experienc...

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