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Matos Cheese Factory

Joe and Mary Matos grew up on the lush volcanic island of Sao Jorge in the Portuguese Azores. It happens to be an island that is noted for its delicious cheeses. When Joe and Mary relocated to Santa Rosa in the 1970s, they carried the recipe for their homeland’s native cheese with them. St. George — named for the island — is a full-flavored cow milk cheese with a cheddary depth and a rich texture.

Drive up the driveway of their farm to find their shop and aging room in the barn. If you don’t see anyone, ring the bell for attention.

They will cut a hunk of their famous St. George cheese for you to sample and then you can purchase.