The Cheesery

Introducing Hohepa Cheeses

Hohepa cheeses are produced at our boutique Cheesery, with milk pumped through from the adjacent milking shed, situated on our 52 year old ‘bio-dynamic’ farm.  The production of cheese for our residents started in a small room at the back of the dairy shed, progressed into a new cheesery in 2006.

We milk approximately 46 hand reared shorthorn cows, grazed on lush herbal lay pastures and it is the special care of the land to which the cheese makers attribute the wonderful taste in the cheese!

Cheese makers; Inacio blends his Portuguese / Brazilian heritage and Peter his many years of English experience, to produce these specially crafted cheeses.

As Biodynamic practitioners our farmers recognise and strive to work in cooperation with the subtle influences that the wider cosmos has on soil, plant and animal health. Most biodynamic initiatives seek to embody triple bottom line approaches; that of ecological, social and economic sustainability.

Hohepa Hawkes Bay are leaders in Bio-dynamic farming practices in NZ, extending from Rudolf Steiners impulse of Anthroposophy.

All land is DEMETER CERTIFIED which means it is managed on Bio-Dynamic principles as an essential basis for the nutrition of people and animals and the responsible stewardship of the land.

Biodynamic agriculture is a spiritual- ethical- ecological approach to agriculture which has much in common with other organic methods. It uses manures and composts and excludes the use of harmful artificial chemicals on soil and plants. It emphasizes the use of an holistic understanding of the living processes of soil fertility and plant growth.

Hohepa Homes strive to create a diversified and balanced farm ecosystem that generates health and fertility as much as possible from within the farm.

Preparations made from fermented manure, minerals and herbs are used to help restore and harmonize the vital life forces of the farm and enhance the nutrition, quality and flavour of the food being raised.

 

Inacio

 

 

Danbo Cheese

Danbo

Perhaps the ‘signature cheese’ of Hohepa, is a distinctive cow’s milk cheese based on the Danish Danbo. The distinctive flavour and texture makes our Danbo a very popular choice with customers — with variations in the form of Herb and Cumin-seed added options. This balance between the herbs and the cheese is perfection in itself.

2014 Cuisine NZ Champions of Cheese Awards Silver Medal

2011 Cuisine NZ Champions of Cheese Awards Bronze Medal

2010 Cuisine NZ Champions of Cheese Awards Gold Medal

2007 Cuisine NZ Champions of Cheese Awards Bronze Medal

Danbo is available in various stages of maturity — a mild cheese at the younger age through to a tasty cheese (10 months maturing or more). The aged tasty cheese has more pronounced holes through it and has a deeper colour and even more flavour and character!

The taste is reminiscent of macaroni cheese with a suggestion of tomatoes and olive oil in the background — fabulous.

Tasty

Tasty is a cheese that is aged for 8 months onwards.  Accolades for our Tasty cheese include winning Cuisine Cheese Awards gold and Champion of Champions.

2014 Cuisine NZ Champions of Cheese Awards Bronze Medal

2013 Cuisine NZ Champions of Cheese Awards Bronze Medal

2012 Cuisine NZ Champions of Cheese Awards Bronze Medal

2011 Cuisine NZ Champions of Cheese Awards Silver Medal

2010 Cuisine NZ Champions of Cheese Awards Gold Medal

2008 Cuisine NZ Champions of Cheese Awards Gold Medal

2007 Cuisine NZ Champions of Cheese Awards Silver Medal

Vintage

Vintage is aged for 18 months or longer.

2013 Cuisine NZ Champions of Cheese Awards Bronze Medal

2012 Cuisine NZ Champions of Cheese Awards Bronze Medal

 

Cumin seed and Herb and Garlic

These are aged for 8 weeks onwards

Mozzarella Cheese

Mozzarella

Mozzarella is a fresh cheese of the pasta family of cheeses.  When the curd has reached the desired acidity it is heated and then formed into round ball is by hand. Hohepa mozzarella is made in the traditional way, resulting in a cheese of springy, streaky texture.

Our mozzarella’s colour is similar to porcelain with a milky, nutty flavour.  When opened, it should be eaten within a few days.  This cheese is traditionally used in pizza because of its stringy texture when melted, but is also very good in a range of salads and other cuisine.

2012 Cuisine NZ Champions of Cheese Awards Bronze Medal

2008 Cuisine NZ Champions of Cheese Awards Silver Medal

Feta Cheese

Feta

Traditionally made in Greece from goat and sheep’s milk but also commonly now made from cow’s milk in many countries.  Hohepa Feta cheese is often used as a table cheese, but also great in salads, pastries and pies. Our feta is handmade using traditional methods resulting in an easily crumbled, mildly-salted product with all the original qualities of a good feta.

Hohepa feta has been a gold medal winner at past New Zealand cheese awards (2007) and in 2009 won a Bronze Medal.

 

Natural Yoghurt

Hohepa yoghurt is made in the traditional way without the use of fillers or stabilisers – just fresh cow’s milk and the required added cultures.  Made from completely natural ingredients, the end result is a smooth creamy product with clean flavours to the palate.

Greek Yoghurt

Greek Yoghurt

A thick creamy yoghurt made in the traditional way without the use of added protein/fat or thickening agents.  Hohepa Greek style yoghurt has a consistency between normal yoghurt and soft cheese, while preserving the distinctive Hasidic flavour.  Can be used in savoury or sweet dishes.  Commonly used in Greece, India, northern Europe and the Italy.

Quark

Quark

Quark is a soft fresh white cheese, similar to cottage cheese but with a much finer texture and a lower fat content. Popular in central Europe for wide range of dishes, quark has a lower fat content than harder cheeses.  It is uniquely different than cottage cheese or cream cheese.  The fat content is around 14%.  The delicate flavour of quark makes very suitable for use in both sweet and savoury dishes — for example sandwiches, salads, pasta bakes, mousses and cheesecakes.

Herb Quark

Hohepa Cheesery produces a remarkable Herb quark made with organic herbs grown on site.  This popular product can be used in cooking or as a dip.  It goes very nicely stuffed into fresh mussels …. and grilled.  Mmmmmm

2013 Cuisine NZ Champions of Cheese Awards Silver Medal

2012 Cuisine NZ Champions of Cheese Awards Gold Medal

2011 Cuisine NZ Champions of Cheese Awards Silver Medal

2010 Cuisine NZ Champions of Cheese Awards Gold Medal

 

Halloumi

Traditionally made from goat and sheep milk, it is a semi-hard cheese with a distinctive layered texture.  It is ideal for frying as will brown without melting to serve with vegetables or as an ingredient in salads.

2014 Cuisine NZ Champions of Cheese Awards Silver Medal

2013 Cuisine NZ Champions of Cheese Awards Silver Medal

 

Ricotta

A soft whey cheese.  Low in fat and used for savoury and sweet recipes

Public Sales

Cheese can be purchased (and tasted!) at the on-site shop. Shop staff can also be found at the Farmers Market, Hastings every Sunday, for another tasting opportunity. We also appreciate the support from the following:

Restaurants (Hawkes Bay)

  • Art Deco Masonic Limited
  • Black Barn Bistro
  • Church Road Winery
  • Clearview Winery & Restaurant
  • Craggy Range Vineyards
  • Diva Bistro & Bar
  • Hawthorne Coffee
  • McCauleys Store
  • Mission Restaurant
  • Mister D
  • Pipi Cafe
  • Salvare Estate
  • Taste Cornucopia Ltd
  • Te Pania Restaurant & Bar
  • The Crown Hotel
  • The Farm at Cape Kidnappers
  • Te Pania Hotel
  • Vidals
  • Mexi Mama’s
  • Shed II
  • Gin Trap
  • Taste Cornocopia
  • Crown Hotel
  • Zepplin
  • No 5 Cafe and Larder
  • Ashridge Winery
  • Abby Cellers
  • Te Awanga Estate
  • Wellington Outlets

Retail Outlets

Hawke’s Bay

  • Farmer’s Market, Napier
  • Chantal Foods, Napier
  • Farmer’s Market, Hastings
  • Cornucopia, Hastings
  • New World, Hastings
  • Pak ‘n’Save, Hastings
  • Ballantino’s Food, Havelock North
  • Te Mata Mushrooms, Havelock North
  • Black Barn Market, Havelock North
  • The Orchard Store, Bay View
  • Otane Market, Otane
  • Buck’s Vegetables, Waipukurau
  • Waipawa Wholefoods, Waipawa

Gisborne

  • Makaraka Vegetables

Featherston

  • C’est Cheese

Taupo

  • Taupo Market, Tina Shaw

Tauranga

  • Wild Earth Organics

Wellington

  • Common Sense Organics Kilbirnie
  • Common Sense Organics Lower Hutt
  • Common Sense Organics Wellington
  • Common Sense Organics Kapiti
  • Common Sense Organics Johnsonville

Auckland

  • Huckleberry Farms, Royal Oak
  • New World, Victoria Park
  • IE Produce, Takapuna
  • Ceres Organics, Ellerslie
  • Naturally Organic, Albany
  • Harvest Wholefoods, Grey Lynn
  • East West Organics, New Lynn

Contact

Address Main Road, Clive
Hawke's Bay
Phone Phone: +64 6 870 0426
Fax: +64 6 870 0720
Email hawk@hawk.hohepa.org.nz

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