Exploring Sonoma County's Cheese Trail
So you may have heard a thing or two about Sonoma County's food and wine, but have you heard about the cheese?
Well, for the uninitiated, Sonoma doesn't produce cheese that is merely good, it produces cheeses that are the best in their class. And to help you discover them, a cheese trail has been developed.
Explore the Sonoma Marin Cheese Trail and get acquainted with the local cheesemakers whose product has earned kudos for Sonoma County from around the globe. On the trail, sample artisan cheeses, which are produced in small batches of anything from a few pounds to a few hundred pounds at a time. Or sample the output of a some of Sonoma's many farmstead cheesemakers, who produce cheeses with milk from animals on their own farm. Or better yet, do a little of both.
The beauty of the Cheese Trail is that Sonoma County visitors can explore it at their leisure in a manner that suits them best. However there are a few things to remember about before tackling the Cheese Trail.
First of all, not all cheesemakers are open all of the time. While some cheesemakers are open to the public on a regular basis, some are only open seasonally or by appointment and some aren't open to the public at all.
With that in mind, you should first download a copy of the Cheese Trail map by clicking here. After downloading the map, take one of the suggested tours of open sites (which are open on a regular basis), or plan ahead by checking with the cheesemakers that have occasional on-farm tours (listed as Open from Time to Time on the map). For each, verify the details of booking a tour and be sure to contact you r selections well in advance to ensure that there are openings and to make reservations.
See below for a complete list of the cheesemakers included on the trail:
Marin French Cheese Company
Matos Cheese Factory
Nicasio Valley Cheese Company
Spring Hill Cheese Company (Petaluma Creamery)
Vella Cheese Company
Open from Time to Time
(check websites for current tour offerings):
Achadinha Cheese Company
Barinaga Ranch Farmstead Sheep Milk Cheese
Bodega Artisan Cheese
Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company
Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery
Saint Benoît Yogurt
Straus Family Creamery
Tomales Farmstead Creamery
Two Rock Valley Goat Cheese
Valley Ford Cheese Company
Weirauch Farm & Creamery
Closed to the Public
Bleating Heart Cheese
Clover Stornetta Farms
Laura Chenel’s Chèvre