Dalewood Fromage is right in the middle of the winelands, on the road from Simondium to Franschhoek and if you are a cheese lover, you should definitely pop in en route to your winery visit.
The soft-eyed Jersey cows welcome you from across the green paddocks as you drive up to the farm. There are white washed cow byres, the smell of cow dung hangs in the air and you can see at once that this is a busy farm.
The Jersey herd provides the milk from which all the cheeses are made, mainly traditional French style bries and camembert. The cheeses are sold in a cute little shop, with touches of French Provencal in the simple décor. There are old copper scales, prices on the blackboard, a big bunch of roses, and lots of wooden cheese boards and home made jams on sale.
The friendly staff cut up little samples for you to taste and explain the differences in the ranges. There are plain cheeses, and others made with chilli, or green figs or crushed olives. The blue brie cheese is an impressive big thick wheel with a creamy, soft pâte with delicate blue-green veining. The cheeses are available in bite size portions, in picnic size wedges and baby rounds, and in wheels of different sizes. When we were there, an English couple were ordering a “cheese” wedding cake, creating the layers from wheels of cheese.
One of my favourites is the Dalewood Boland, a semi-hard cheese, matured for three months that is made in the style of a Port Salut –super smooth and slightly savoury. I bought some to enjoy with my wine that night and it was heavenly.
Mon to Fri 09h00 – 16h00
Saturdays 10h00 - 15h00
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