Ten years ago, on March 17, The Barossa Valley Cheese Company came to life.
What started as a small shop selling only two types of cheeses has steadily grown into an award winning company that makes over 20 different styles of cheeses.
Director, head cheesemaker, chief innovator, brand manager and retail manager of The Barossa Valley Cheese Company, Victoria McClurg’s love of cheese began while she was overseas in Bordeaux, France making wine.
Inspired by the cheese culture there Victoria set out to learn the art of cheesemaking and bring her passion and love for cheese back to the Barossa.
Not able to hold in her excitement for her new found passion Victoria phoned her mum, Frances McClurg, who was planning to retire but instead signed up to cheesemaking courses to help Victoria.
“Almost 10 years ago we were making cheese until midnight as we had promised people we would be attending the Harvest Market,” Frances said.
“We had two cheeses available at the market, Brie and Camembert, and we were virtually selling out.”
The mother/daughter team was making cheese for three days straight, opening their store for three days, if they hadn’t already sold out of cheese at the Harvest Market, and Sunday was a day of rest for the mighty duo.
After six months The Barossa Valley Cheese Company started to make a Washrined cheese, one of the first to start making the cheese in South Australia.
“It’s all about moving forward and making great Australian cheese,” Frances said.
“In the future we are looking at making a hard tasty cheese that has a lot more oomph.”
Despite the impressive growth of the company in the last 10 years,Victoria insists that the company will always be an artisan producer.
“People in the community were very supportive of us,” Frances said.
“The community needs to be congratulated for their support.”
“People really care about each other here and there’s always someone willing to help out,” Victoria said.
Click here to read the tasting notes on the range of cheeses offered by The Barossa Valley Cheese Company.
Cows Milk Cheese
The Barossa Valley Cheese Company produces an extensive selection of cows milk cheese including, Camembert, Feta and Brie.
Goats Milk Cheese
The Barossa Valley Cheese Company creates both hard and soft goat milk cheeses including a goat milk camembert, La Dame and Le Petit Prince.
2012 South Australian Tourism Awards - Excellence in South Australian Food Tourism
Food SA 2012 Industry Awards - Best Practise Award
2012 Advantage SA Regional Awards - Food Category
2012 Award for Entrepreneurship - Family Business Australia
2011 Advantage SA Regional Awards - Westpac Small Business Award Winner
2010 Advantage SA Regional Awards. - South Australian Tourism Commission Tourism Award Winner
2008 Grand Dairy Awards Champion Washed Rind Cheese - Washington Washrind
2007 Grand Dairy Awards Champion Washed Rind Cheese - Washington Washrind
2007 Cheesefest Champion Cheese of Show - Washington Washrind
2007 Royal Adelaide Show - Champion Smear Ripened