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To visit cheesemakers, you have several options!

1. Take one of the suggested driving tours of various regions listed below.

2. Create your own tour by sorting cheesemakers (using the drop-down menus above) by selecting one from the "All Regions" tab, and then selecting an option under the "All Availability" tab.

If you select "Open to Taste & Shop," all the locations regularly open will come up. Then click the blue bar beneath the name of the Cheesemaker to "Pin to Itinerary." Once you have your list, click the "Show Itinerary" at the top left of your screen. If you want to eliminate one, just click the "x" by the name of the cheesemaker on the list you've created. From there, you can print or download a map of your itinerary.

3. Finally, if you'd like take a farm or cheesemaker tour, click to sort first by "Region" and then by "Book a Tour" OR click the "Tours" button way on the menu to the right. Make sure to read the information on each cheesemaker's listing for details and how to sign up.

IMPORTANT: Be sure to check for regular visiting hours and plan to schedule appointments and tours well in advance of your visit.

Take the map on the road by visiting this website on your smart phone or tablet!

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Cheese Trail Itinerary

78 Locations
1

Achadinha Cheese Co.

  • Closed Today
  • Appointment Only

In 1955, William Pacheco started dairying with a herd of cows in Bodega Bay. The Pacheco family moved to Petaluma in 1969, and in 1997 Jim and Donna Pacheco and […]

2

Andante Cheese

  • Closed Today
  • Closed to the Public

Soyoung Scanlon – dairy scientist, music lover, and former biochemist – gives musical names to her creamery and her cheeses. Her products are designed to reveal the essence of the […]

3

Angelo & Franco The Mozzarella Guys

  • Closed Today
  • Closed to the Public

Two best friends from Italy came to America in 2009 to make Italian cheeses here. They make fresh mozzarella in water.

4

Ariza Cheese Co.

  • Closed Today
  • Closed to the Public

Established in 1970, Ariza is the oldest artisan Mexican cheesemaker in Southern California. The company was recently purchased by 4 of its employees.

5

Belfiore Cheese Co.

  • Closed Today
  • Closed to the Public

Established in 1987 and one of the first producing hand crafted Italian-style Mozzarella, Fior di Latte (or Fresh Mozzarella in water), in America. All their cheeses are certified kosher.

6

Bellwether Farms

  • Closed Today
  • Closed to the Public

Bellwether Farms is an artisan cheese company located in the heart of Sonoma County. Family owned and operated by the Callahans, the creamery produces some of the best sheep and […]

7

Bivalve Dairy

  • Closed Today
  • Appointment Only

John & Karen Taylor, a 6thgeneration dairy family, have an organic dairy on the Point Reyes hills overlooking Tomales Bay. Aeration and no-till seeding are practiced to promote the health […]

8

Bohemian Creamery

  • Closed Today
  • Open to the Public

Bohemian Creamery, owned by Lisa Gottreich, lies just a mile outside downtown Sebastopol California on a hilltop overlooking the Laguna de Santa Rosa, the Mayacama mountains and their herd of Alpine […]

9

Cacique, Inc.

  • Closed Today
  • Closed to the Public

Makers of Italian and Mexican style cheeses. In 1973, the de Cardenas family, new immigrants from Mexico saw the opportunity to create a product that  was not yet available in the […]

10

California Polytechnic University Creamery

  • Closed Today
  • Closed to the Public

Part of the largest dairy science program in the country, Cal Poly Creamery has been making cheese and other dairy products for students, alumni, and the community since 1903. The Creamery […]

11

Central Coast Creamery

  • Closed Today
  • Open to the Public

Reggie Jones has worked in the dairy industry for 25 years.  He started 1991 working in a lab for a cheese company. From there, he gained experience in all aspects […]

12

CheeseSmith Artisan Creamery

  • Closed Today
  • Open to the Public

The owner of one of San Diego’s most iconic breweries, AleSmith Brewing Co. takes his passion for cheese to a professional level. AleSmith owner and CEO, Peter Zien, has begun […]

13

Clover Sonoma

  • Closed Today
  • Closed to the Public

Clover Sonoma (previously named “Clover Stornetta”) sources fresh milk from a select group of Clover’s small family farms along the Northern California coast.  Clover has roots in the North Coast dairy […]

14

Cowgirl Creamery

  • Closed Now
  • Open to the Public

Sue Conley and Peggy Smith took a hippie trip to San Francisco in 1976 after finishing degrees at the University of Tennessee. Both established careers in some of San Francisco’s […]

15

Cypress Grove

  • Closed Now
  • Open to the Public

The seeds of Cypress Grove were sown in the 1970s when Mary Keehn, a single mother of four daughters living in Humboldt County, began looking for a healthy source of […]

16

Daily Driver SF

  • Closed Now
  • Open to the Public

The first creamery EVER in San Francisco, located in the new bagel shop in the American Industrial Center Building in Dogpatch). A melding of the talents of David & Hadley Kreitz […]

17

Dairy Farmers of America

  • Closed Today
  • Closed to the Public

With over 13,000 dairy farmers nationwide and 42 plants in California, DFA produces Mozzarella and Provolone.

18

Di Stefano Cheese

  • Closed Now
  • Open to the Public

Cheesemaker Mimmo Bruno, raised in Puglia Italy, was the first artisan in the United States to recreate Burrata, a cream-filled fresh mozzarella. Today, he handcrafts the Italian delicacy at his […]

19

Double 8 Dairy

  • Closed Today
  • Closed to the Public

One of only two water buffalo dairies in California. Andrew and Curtis have been making gelato for several years with milk from their herd.  They recently began making bufalo mozzarella. […]

20

Drake Family Farms

  • Closed Today
  • Closed to the Public

Drake Family Farms cheeses (fresh chèvre and aged raw goat cheese) are “farmstead” (i.e. made on the farm with milk exclusively from the farm’s own animals). Dan Drake is a veterinarian […]

21

Epicurean Connection

  • Closed Today
  • Appointment Only

Sheana Davis, cheesemaker, culinary educator, and owner of the The Epicurean Connection, has enthusiastically supported the artisan and farmstead cheese movement for more than 20 years. She offers cheese Making […]

22

Farmdale Creamery

  • Closed Today
  • Closed to the Public

Still producing Cheddar and Monterey Jack with recipes developed over 50 years ago, Farmdale is also available to custom make and package cheese for private labeling.

23

Fiscalini Farmstead Cheese

  • Closed Now
  • Open to the Public

The Fiscalini family, who trace their roots to Switzerland, came to America in the late 1800s and have been dairying ever since. Today they make award-winning cheeses with milk from […]

24

Garden Variety Cheese

  • Closed Today
  • Appointment Only

The 100 milking ewes at Monkeyflower Ranch which produce the milk for Garden Variety Cheese are fed on fresh pasture, alfalfa hay and organic brewer’s grain from Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing.  Each […]

25

Gioia Cheese

  • Open Now
  • Open to the Public

Gioia makes wonderful fresh Italian cheeses. Vito Girardi, owner, is a third-generation cheesemaker from the area Apulia in Italy where burrata comes from.  His grandfather was one of the first makers […]

26

Harley Farms Goat Dairy

  • Closed Now
  • Open to the Public

Harley Farms is a restored 1910 dairy farm, with 200 alpine goats on nine acres of pasture in Pescadero, California. The farm grew from six pet goats to today’s herd, […]

27

Hilmar Cheese Co.

  • Closed Now
  • Open to the Public

Founded in 1984,Hilmar annually produces more cheese and whey from one site than any other manufacturer in the world, and employs more than 1,200 people. The company produces more than […]

28

Jollity Farm

  • Closed Now
  • Open to the Public

This small wooded dairy goat farm in the Sierra foothills near the original Sutter’s Mill and the American River, is run by Charley, his girlfriend MaryLisa and Charley’s trusty dog. All the goats (about 40 […]

29

Joseph Farms

  • Closed Today
  • Closed to the Public

What began as a small farm, started by Joseph Gallo, who had a passion for cheesemaking, Joseph Farms now makes cheese for around the world, including Asia and Africa.  Their […]

30

Karoun Dairies

  • Closed Today
  • Closed to the Public

Immigrants with a 50-year background in cheesemaking, started in Hollywood with hand-braided string cheese.  Today Karoun services ethnic markets in the U.S. and around the world, with a wide variety […]

31

Knudsen

  • Closed Today
  • Closed to the Public

Makers of cottage cheese and sour cream.  Owned by Kraft.

32

Laura Chenel

  • Closed Today
  • Closed to the Public

Laura Chenel is the recognized “pioneer” of American goat cheese production. In the late 1970’s and early 1980’s she established the prototype that allowed numerous new goat cheese makers to […]

33

Leprino Foods Company

  • Closed Today
  • Closed to the Public

Leprino is the world’s largest Mozzarella cheesemaker and leading producer of whey protein, lactose and other ingredients. With over 4,000 employees, their products can be found in over 40 countries.

34

Long Dream Farm

  • Closed Today
  • Appointment Only

Krista and Andrew farm and make cheese on their farmstead dairy using heritage cows that live outside year-round.  They produce fresh cheese and butter, striving for the highest animal welfare […]

35

Los Altos Foods

  • Closed Now
  • Open to the Public

The Andrade family first began making cheese several decades ago in Southern Mexico.  They brought their recipes, from Queso Fresco to Crema, to America, and now you can find them […]

36

Marin French Cheese

  • Closed Now
  • Open to the Public

As the longest continually-operating cheese company in America, Marin French Cheese has been handcrafting traditional and original soft-ripened cheeses for over 150 years. Our small-batch cheeses are made with traditional […]

37

Marquez Brothers

  • Closed Today
  • Closed to the Public

Makers of Mexican-style cheeses under the following brand names: El Mexicano, Rancho Grande, Vaquero, Cinco Volcanes and El Centroamericano.

38

Matos Cheese Factory

  • Closed Now
  • Open to the Public

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 […]

39

Mid-Coast Cheese Company

  • Closed Today
  • Closed to the Public

Mid-Coast makes just one cheese: Franklin’s Teleme.   In 1919, Giovanni Peluso began making this soft, silky cheese, coated with rice flour. Today, Franklin Peluso, a third-generation cheesemaker, is making his […]

40

Mojave Gold

  • Closed Today
  • Appointment Only

Mojave Gold Inc. is a small goat dairy and creamery located in the Mojave Desert of Southern California. The herd consists of Toggenburg, Oberhasli, Alpine, Saanen and La Mancha, which […]

41

Nicasio Valley Cheese

  • Closed Now
  • Open to the Public

Over 100 years ago, 17-year-old Fredolino Lafranchi left his home in Maggia, Switzerland, to come to America with the dream of owning and operating his own dairy. He and his […]

42

Nicolau Farms

  • Closed Today
  • Appointment Only

The Nicolau Family has been dairy farming in Stanislaus County since the early 1900’s when Jose Nicolau left the small island of Flores in the Azores to seek a better […]

43

Oakdale Cheese

  • Closed Now
  • Open to the Public

The Bulk family emmigrated from the Netherlands and soon after opened their cheese plant in 1983. Today, the next generation runs the cheese shop with factory viewing windows, take out food […]

44

Organic Pastures

  • Closed Now
  • Appointment Only

In the late 1990s the McAfee family made the decision to farm the entire property that is now the green pastures for Organic Pastures Dairy. Cows are milked in the pasture […]

45

Pacific Cheese

  • Closed Today
  • Closed to the Public

In 1970 Ray and June Gaddis established Pacific Cheese Company, the West Coast’s first broadline cheese supplier. They were instrumental in the expansion of the California cheese industry and laid […]

46

Pacific Gold Creamery

  • Closed Today
  • Closed to the Public

This co-op of dairy farmers in the Central Valley source all their milk from their own Pacific Gold Milk Producers. They make fresh Mozzarella, Ricotta and Feta and help create […]

47

Pazzo Marco Creamery

  • Closed Today
  • Appointment Only

Makers of gelato and cheese!  What a combo.  Marco studied in Italy for several years, making gelato, and has now expanded to making cheese, along with his partner Paul.

48

Pedrozo Dairy & Cheese Co.

  • Closed Today
  • Appointment Only

In 1996 Tim Pedrozo, a third generation dairy farmer, and his wife Jill, bought a small herd of Holstein and Jersey cows.  Their hope was to allow their animals to […]

49

Peluso Cheese

  • Closed Now
  • Open to the Public

Started by Giovanni Peluso in 1919 in Los Banos, California, Peluso Cheese continues to hand-make their signature Teleme – an original style that gets creamier with time, its rind dusted […]

50

Pennyroyal Farm

  • Closed Today
  • Open to the Public

Pennyroyal Farm produces handcrafted cheese exclusively from goats and sheep that are raised on their own family farm. Pampered animals munch on wild grasses and pennyroyal mint that blanket their sixty-six acre farmstead […]

51

Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co.

  • Closed Today
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The family’s journey started in 1938 when Grandfather Waldo Giacomini moved his family to Point Reyes, where Bob, his son, was raised. In 1959 with his new bride Dean, Bob […]

52

Queso Salazar

  • Closed Now
  • Open to the Public

The Salazar family is proud to make authentic Mexican cheeses, which they began making in Mexico with milk from their own farm. Now that they’re in the U.S. (they came […]

53

Ramini Mozzarella

  • Closed Today
  • Open to the Public

Audrey and Craig Ramini began with 5 water buffalo, a shoe string budget and a big dream. The first 4 years were spent , building relationships with the buffalo and learning to […]

54

Rico-Lopez Foods

  • Closed Today
  • Closed to the Public

Mexican and Central American cheeses are found under the Don Francisco brand. The company, led by brothers Ivan and Edwin Francisco Rizo, uses Old-World recipes made with traditional methods.

55

Rocky Oaks Goat Creamery

  • Closed Today
  • Appointment Only

Joel and Margie Weber founded their creamery – the only goat cheesemaker in Fresno County! – with the goal to prepare hand made, small batch Farmstead cheese. Margie used to […]

56

Rumiano Cheese Co.

  • Closed Now
  • Open to the Public

Brothers Richard, Fred and John Rumiano emigrated to the United States from Italy and are known for their development of Dry Jack cheese, especially one rubbed with a coating of […]

57

Sach Foods

  • Closed Today
  • Closed to the Public

Growing up, Jasleen and Tarush (who grew up in Jamshedpur, a city in eastern India) remember paneer was either made at home or purchased from neighborhood stores that specialized in […]

58

Saputo Cheese

  • Closed Today
  • Closed to the Public

Saputo, an international dairy manufacturer, ranks among the top three cheese producers (in regards to volume) in the U.S.  In California, they can be found under the brands Stella and […]

59

Savencia Cheese USA

  • Closed Today
  • Closed to the Public

Savencia, a subsidiary of Bongrain S.A., a world leader in specialty cheese based in France, produces cream cheese at this, their California creamery.

60

Schoch Family Farmstead

  • Closed Today
  • Closed to the Public

Established in 1944, Schoch Dairy is located on the famed El Camino Real in the fertile Salinas Valley.  The Schoch Brothers originally emmigrated from Switzerland and found their way to […]

61

Shamrock Artisan Goat Cheese

  • Closed Today
  • Appointment Only

Shamrock Artisan Goat Cheese and their Summer Breeze Dairy are Animal Welfare Approved. Shamrock is a family-owned, farmstead cheese producer, in business as a dairy since 1972 and a creamery since […]

62

Shooting Star Creamery

  • 3850 Ramada Drive
    Paso Robles, CA 93446
  • Closed Today
  • Appointment Only

Alex Jones, the teenage daughter of Reggie & Kellie Jones of Central Coast Creamery, decided she wanted to make her own brand of cheese. And did she ever!  Her first […]

63

Sierra Cheese

  • Closed Today
  • Closed to the Public

Sierra Cheese specializes in Italian cheeses, and several years ago added Hispanic cheeses to their line. The company produces a variety of Italian and Hispanic styles for both the institutional and […]

64

Sierra Nevada Cheese

  • Closed Now
  • Open to the Public

Sierra Nevada Cheese Company was founded in 1997 by Ben Gregersen and John Dundon. Ben and John discovered they had a common interest in making  cheeses using traditional methods, while […]

65

Silverdale Cheese, DBA MBC USA

  • Closed Today
  • Closed to the Public

Suppliers of cheese, milk powder, flour, butter, butter blends and powder blends for manufacturing.

66

Skyhill Farms Napa Valley

  • Closed Today
  • Closed to the Public

In 1990, Amy Wend and a partner set out to create a unique facility in the Napa Valley. They began by cultivating extensive organic gardens and selling the fresh produce […]

67

Spenker Family Farm

  • Closed Today
  • Open to the Public

Spenker Family Farm is home to Spenker Winery, est. 1994, and a brand-new Goat Dairy. They make both cheese and wine right on the farm. If you visit, you can […]

68

Spring Hill Farmstead Goat Cheese

  • Closed Today
  • Appointment Only

In April 2016, after almost 27 years at a local CPA firm, Karin retired  to follow her dream of raising La Mancha dairy goats and making farmstead goat cheese for […]

69

Spring Hill Jersey Cheese

  • Open Now
  • Open to the Public

Rich, organic 100% Jersey Milk is the secret to Larry Peter’s cheese. Larry raises his Jerseys on a farm just on the outskirts of Petaluma. The Petaluma Creamery, where Spring Hill […]

70

Stepladder Creamery

  • Closed Today
  • Appointment Only

Stepladder Creamery is a small farmstead artisan goat dairy and creamery situated along San Simeon Creek in Cambria, California. They specialize in traditionally crafting small-scale, handmade cheeses with milk exclusively from […]

71

Stuyt Dairy Farmstead Cheese Co.

  • Closed Now
  • Open to the Public

Stuyt Dairy Farmstead Cheese was started in December 2015 by Rick and Ansally Stuyt. Ansally was born in the Netherlands and her parent’s immigrated to the United States in 1961. […]

72

Tomales Farmstead Creamery

  • Closed Today
  • Appointment Only

David Jablons and Tamara Hicks purchased Toluma Farm in 2003, restored the land, and protected it with an agricultural conservation easement. They began milking 200 goats in 2007, sheep in […]

73

UC Davis Noel-Nordfelt Animal Science Goat Dairy and Creamery

  • Closed Today
  • Closed to the Public

The only University-run goat dairy and creamery. Noel-Nordfelt Animal Science Goat Dairy and Creamery includes a milking parlor, milk room, clean room, aged cheese room and packing room. The facility […]

74

Valley Ford Cheese Co.

  • Closed Today
  • Open to the Public

Five generations of the Bianchi/Grossi family have raised dairy cows on this prime farmland in Sonoma County. Karen Bianchi-Moreda and her son Joe now make Swiss-Italian-style and blue cheese from […]

75

Vella Cheese Co.

  • Closed Now
  • Open to the Public

The Vella family has made cheese in a stonewalled building on the historic Sonoma square since the company’s founding in 1931 by Gaetano Vella. The cultures, the care, and the […]

76

Vintage Cheese Co.

  • Open Now
  • Open to the Public

A mini-Knotts Berry Farm with antiques and junktiques, animals and a shop full of goodies, picnic tables. Vintage Cheese makes on average 15 to 20 types of cheese, producing up […]

77

Winters Cheese Co.

  • Closed Now
  • Open to the Public

Winters Cheese Co. was founded by Daniel Turkovich who learned to make cheese while in college at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Sacha Laurin is now the cheesemaker. A tasting room […]

78

Wm. Cofield Cheesemakers

  • Closed Today
  • Open to the Public

Keith Adams and Rob Hunter, college friends who reconnected, have started a new venture in the Sebastopol Barlow. Starting out with fresh curds, they soon will release their Stilton-style blue […]