The Wine Country Online

From Slow Food U.S.A.

The Artisan Cheeses of America Arrive in Europe

From September 21 to 24, ninety artisan cheeses made by fifty-two American producers from seventeen states were featured at Cheese, the largest cheese show in the world, organized by Slow Food International. The U.S. cheese presence was made possible thanks to the dedicated work of our Vermont and High Desert Oregon convivia leaders, Jeff Roberts and Gregory McClarren.

Slow Food estimates that over 100,000 people attended this four-day celebration held in Bra, Italy, home to the headquarters of Slow Food International. The U.S. stand at the Cheese Market provided many of these attendees with their first opportunity to taste the world-class products being produced by American cheesemakers. Of the fifty-two cheesemakers represented, thirty-five have won awards at various competitions in the United States over the past three years. These cheeses will make up what is the largest U.S. cheese presence ever in Europe.

These Californian artisan cheesemakers presented:

  • Adante Dairy, Santa Rosa
  • Bellewther Farms, Petaluma*
  • Cowgirl Creamery, Point Reyes Station
  • Cypress Grove, McKinleyville*
  • Kendall Farms, Atascadero
  • Marin French Cheese Company, Petaluma
  • Jose Matos Cheese Factory, Santa Rosa
  • Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company, Point Reyes Station
  • Peluso, Los Banos
  • Redwood Hill Farm, Sebastopol*
  • Ig Vella, Sonoma
  • Winchester Cheese Company, Winchester*
  • Yerba Santa Dairy, Lakeport

* Workshop producers