Our goal is simple: To make beautiful cheese from the highest quality local milk. Both our cows and goats milks are sourced from a single organic farm in the Kiewa Valley, traditional dairy country amongst the most sustainable in Australia due to its high rainfall and quality soil. Single source milk means minimal processing and maximum freshness for us – attributes fundamental to producing quality cheese.
Our cheeses are manufactured by hand using traditional methods then matured in our cellars. Like all fermented foods, cheese is a living thing and, as such, our focus is on providing environments where specific microbes can create desirable flavors and textures.
Our cheeses are made with passion. We hope you enjoy them!
A delicate surface ripened goat's cheese with a thin rind and a creamy interior. Cloudlets' flavor is light and milky with hints of hazelnuts when fully ripe. Well complimented by a Riesling.
‘Cloudlets’ are the name given to the individual tufts of cirrocululus clouds which appear as little cotton balls floating the sky. These cloudlets form at very high altitudes in the sky and are generally an indication of fair weather – a welcome sight in the high country!
Made with rich organic Normande cows milk, Razorback is a surface ripened cheese that is brine washed over the course of it's aging, assisting it to ripen from the outside towards the interior. When fully ripe it exhibits an intense meaty aroma, luscious mouth-feel and a smokey, roasted flavor profile. Pair with a chardonnay or a rich malty beer.
The Razorback is a ridge that links Mt Feathertop and the Mt Hotham Ski Resort. Narrow and steep, it is distinct from many of the other more rounded peaks in the Victorian Alps and affords spectacular views across nearby mountain ranges and valleys.
If you haven’t walked it, put it on your list!
Thinly rinded cow's milk white mould, its texture is fudge like at the interior and oozing closer to to the rind. Made with organic Normande milk its flavor is of root vegetables. Pairs superbly with crisp, fresh fruit, such as locally grown apples or persimmons. A dry white such as a Pinot Gris will highlight the earthiness of the cheese along with its sublime textures.
Prior to the construction of the Great Alpine Road, the Bon Accord Spur was the route taken by walkers, horseriders and pack horses to Mt Hotham. Once also the name of a long burnt out hut, the remains of which lie about 9.5km from the start of the track, the Bon Accord Spur is today used by walkers to reach Mt Hotham or to join up with other popular tracks such as the Razorback and Bungalow Spur.
Mould ripened goats milk cheese dusted in grapevine ash. Monolith's dense, mildy acidic interior gives way to slightly more complex flavors and a creamy texture towards the rind. A Sauvignon Blanc makes an ideal pairing.
The Monolith is the name given to the giant balancing rock that towers above Lake Catani, near the summit of Mount Buffalo. Set amongst a landscape of other boulders and, in summer and late spring a colorful array of native wildflowers, it is one of the most photographed places in the Victorian High Country.
Semi hard organic Normande cows milk cheese matured between 3-4 months. At once both sweet and savory with a very aromatic rind and a rich creamy texture. Mountaineer is both an excellent table cheese and delicious melted, for example over potato's and cornichons in the style of a Raclette.
The Peaks Artisan Cheesemakers are Luke Armstrong and Vanessa Lipscombe. Upon completing his university studies in ecology, Luke took a job in an Italian cheese shop. This environment piqued his interest in cheese, eventually leading him to cheesemaking. A teacher by trade, Vanessa has always had a passion for food, particularly cheese. Together we make and mature The Peaks Artisan Cheesemakers full range of cheeses.
Where to Buy
Updated May 2021
We currently attend the following Farmers Markets
1st Saturday of the month
Beechworth Farmers Market, Beechworth, Victoria
2nd Saturday of the month
Gateway Village Farmers Market, Wodonga, Victoria
2nd Sunday of the month
Rutherglen Farmers Market, Rutherglen, Victoria
3rd Saturday of the month
Bright Make it, Bake it, Grow it Market, Bright, Victoria
Coburg Farmers Market, Coburg, Victoria
3rd Sunday of the month
Yackandandah Lions Club Market, Yackandandah, Victoria
4th Saturday of the month
Myrtleford Farmers Market, Myrtleford, Victoria
Slow Food Melbourne Farmers Market, Spotswood, Victoria
Our cheeses are also featured on the menu of select Restaurants and Winery Cellar Doors throughout northeast Victoria as well as specialty cheese retailers in Melbourne