Willamette Valley Cheese Company: Salem

I love driving Oregon’s back roads. You never know what you are going to find among the tractors, corn fields, and filbert orchards. Yesterday, it was Willamette Valley Cheese Co.

Tasting room for Willamette Valley Cheese Co.

Tasting room for Willamette Valley Cheese Co.

We were somewhere west of Salem on our way to the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville. The directions we had started out with turn out to be unreliable, so we were letting Google Maps guide us. I was enjoying our drive through the country with a golden fall sun lighting our way, when we turned a corner and saw the tasting room for the cheese company. What a wonderful and tasty surprise!

Cheeses from Willamette Valley Cheese Co.

Cheeses from Willamette Valley Cheese Co.

Situated in the midst of the Eola-Amity Hills wine country, Willamette Valley Cheese Company specializes in farmstead cow’s milk cheese. We sampled some tasty Havarti, Gouda, Fontina, and Cheddar.

Cheese board at Willamette Valley Cheese Co

A lot of cheese to taste!

The tasting room was busy and the gal at the counter cutting the cheeses was also ringing up orders and greeting folks as they arrived. She didn’t have much time to tell us about the history or philosophy of the cheese makers, so I’ll let this video from the Oregon Cheese Guild tell the story:

Willamette Valley Cheese – European inspired classics from Salem from Cheese Chick on Vimeo.

I love artisan food and I love cheese, so I’ve tasted Willamette Valley Cheese Company cheese before (it is available in local markets), however, I was confused about where it was located. Maps imply it is in the town of Salem, it is not, instead it out out in the country amongst the wineries. You’ll find it at 8105 Wallace Rd NW, Salem.

Easy Rider

Comments

  1. Janet Best says:

    Yum!!! I’ll be looking for their cheese. I love Havarti with Jonagold apples this time of year (ok, year round, but it’s all fresh now).

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