Our CHEESERY

Main Ridge Dairy

Join us at our Cheesery on the farm for a cheese tasting at the counter or soak up the beautiful surroundings with a cheese platter and a glass of local wine or beer. We are a family and dog friendly venue with loads of lawn, indoor and outdoor seating and goats to watch frolicking in the paddocks. We offer a range of cheese platters, wine, beer, cider, tea, Red Hill Roast Coffee, milkshakes, spiders and a range of cookies.

We make a range of goat cheeses using traditional methods and as naturally as possible. We only use non-animal rennet, so all our cheeses are suitable for vegetarians. We don’t use artificial preservatives, standardisers, or G.M. ingredients. We batch thermalise our milk at the lowest legal temperature to make the milk safe, which takes time but it is the gentlest method of processing. We don’t separate or standardise the milk to retain its goodness and instead embrace its seasonal fluctuations.

In 2019 we were awarded the champion trophy for ‘Best Medium Producer’ at the Australian Food Awards after winning 7 gold medals out of 9 entries. We were also awarded a ‘Consistency of Excellence’ medal for our Marinated Chevre having won Gold for three years in a row. We are members of ‘Mornington Peninsula Produce’. The MPP Certified Trade Mark is a guarantee of provenance, giving consumers confidence in supporting their local farmers.

 

come and experience our award-winning cheese

Our Cheese

 

Goats’ Milk

Fresh pasteurised goats’ milk that is unhomogenised, unstandardised and free from additives, hormones and growth promotants. Goats’ milk is a much healthier alternative to cows’ milk and it is much more easily digested.


Recent Award: Australian Food Awards 2019 – Gold

Past Awards

Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards 2013 – Bronze
Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards 2012 – Silver

Cashmere

A slow set lactic curd, delicately hand ladled into drainage hoops. It possesses a slightly sweet, citrus flavour.  This spreadable fresh goat curd is lightly salted, delicate and creamy. It can be used for savoury or sweet.


Recent Award: Australian Food Awards 2019 – Bronze

Past Awards

Australian Food Awards 2018 – Silver
Australian Food Awards 2017 – Bronze
Australian Food Awards 2016 – Gold
Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards 2015 – Silver
Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards 2014 – Bronze
Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards 2012 – Bronze

Chèvre

A fresh, well balanced, lightly salted curd that has a delicate, soft and creamy mouth feel with a hint of citrus aftertaste.


Recent Award: Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards 2015 – Silver

Past Awards

Melbourne Fine Food Awards 2013 – Bronze

Ashed pyramid (New)

A fresh, creamy pyramid shaped chevre that is lightly salted and dusted with vegetable ash. The result is a striking cheese with less acidity. The perfect accompaniment to any cheese board.


Recent Award: Australian Food Awards 2019 – Gold

Capriole

A very popular white mould ripened, ashed goat cheese. This cheese is mild, and slightly chalky when young but after a few weeks it softens to display a stronger more robust earthy goat flavour.


Recent Award: Australian Food Awards 2019 – Gold

Past Awards

Australian Food Awards 2018 – Silver
Australian Food Awards 2017 – Bronze
Australian Food Awards 2016 – Gold
Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards 2014 – Silver
Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards 2013 – Bronze

Cilia

This traditional camembert style white mould ripened cheese takes several weeks to mature. Mild when young, it matures inwardly developing a delicious robust flavour with a hint of mushrooms, and a creamy oozing texture.


Recent Award: Australian Food Awards 2019 – Gold

Past Awards

Australian Food Awards 2018 – Bronze
Australian Food Awards 2017 – Bronze
Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards 2013 – Silver

Marinated Chèvre

Delicate soft and creamy slow set lactic curds lightly salted and immersed in garlic, lemon and rosemary flavoured Olive oil blend. Add to salad or consume straight from the jar on a cracker as we do.


Recent Award: Australian Food Awards 2019 – Gold

Past Awards

Australian Food Awards 2018 – Gold
Australian Food Awards 2017 – Gold
Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards 2015 – Bronze
Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards 2013 – Bronze
Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards 2012 – Silver
Australian Specialist Cheese Association Awards 2010 – Gold
Australian Specialist Cheese Association Awards 2009 – Gold

Marinated Feta

Traditional salty feta immersed in an extra Virgin Olive Oil / Canola Oil blend with peppercorns, Oregano, and fresh thyme and a slice of lemon.


Recent Award: Australian Food Awards 2016 – Silver

Past Awards

Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards 2015 – Silver
Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards 2013 – Silver
Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards 2012 – Silver

Feta

A traditional feta that is dense and creamy, but slightly crumbly in texture.  It is aged and preserved in brine. Great on a cheeseboard, in cooking or salads.


Recent Award: Australian Food Awards 2019 – Silver

Past Awards

Australian Food Awards 2018 – Bronze
Australian Food Awards 2016 – Gold
Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards 2015 – Silver
Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards 2014 – Silver
Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards 2013 – Silver
Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards 2012 – Bronze

Halloumi

Traditional Goats Halloumi, dense, creamy and salty. A lovely addition to any barbeque or salad, perfect as an appetiser grilled or pan fried with chilli and garlic.


Recent Award: Australian Food Awards 2016 – Silver

Past Awards

Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards 2015 – Silver
Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards 2014 – Gold
Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards 2013 – Bronze

Capony

A semi hard goats cheese aged for minimum 4 months, this washed curd cheese exhibits a slightly sweet, caramel flavour and a smooth supple texture. A popular cheese for any cheeseboard.


Recent Award: Australian Food Awards 2019 – Gold

Past Awards

Australian Food Awards 2018
Australian Food Awards 2017 – Bronze
Australian Food Awards 2016 – Gold
Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards 2015 – Gold

Caprinella

A mild, moist semi-hard table cheese that exhibits a mild slightly salty, earthy flavour with a nutty aftertaste. It is aged for a minimum of 3 months and is the favourite cheese of our eldest daughter Ella, after which it is affectionately named.


Recent Award: Australian Food Awards 2019 – Gold

Past Awards

Australian Food Awards 2018 – Silver
Australian Food Awards 2017 – Silver
Australian Food Awards 2016 – Silver
Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards 2015 – Silver
Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards 2014 – Bronze
Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards 2013 – Silver
Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards 2012 – Bronze
Australian Specialist Cheese Association Awards 2010 – Gold

Caprino

(subject to availability)

Aged for over 6 months this Romano style goat cheese is hard and crumbly with a measured bite. One of the Cheesemakers favourites.


Recent Award: Australian Food Awards 2018 – Silver

Past Awards

Australian Food Awards 2017 – Silver
Australian Food Awards 2016 – Silver
Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards 2015 – Bronze
Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards 2014 – Bronze
Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards 2013 – Silver
Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards 2012 – Bronze

Location

295 Main Creek Rd, Main Ridge
Victoria 3928 (Mel Ref 171 K8)

Call: 03 5989 6622

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