190g, 1kg, 500g
£5.65 – £25.95
CHAMPION Cheese at The Devon Show 2021 2nd Place in The Virtual Cheese Awards 2021 (Traditional Cheddar Class) BRONZE Medal 2021 World Cheese Awards!
“Another big, muscular cheese is the Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company Vintage Cheddar, which definitely gives an itch to the tongue” Patrick McGuigan, The Telegraph, Sunday December 6th 2020
Between 24 and 30 months old, the full potential of our classic authentic Cheddar Cheese has been reached. This is true ‘Vintage’ Cheddar. Extending the maturing time allows the cheese to develop more depth and breadth of flavour, resulting in a more vibrant, nutty cheddar with very low lactose (<0.1%). A real treat – gluten free and suitable for most who are lactose intolerant.
190g, 1kg, 500g
This is a robust, mighty strong cheese which has been described as “itchy roof of the mouth stuff”. But there is more to it than that! Certainly once tasted, the strong flavour develops in the mouth and lingers for some time. This is a classic traditional cheddar cheese; hard in texture, with a rind and producing that nutty crunch (that’s the calcium lactate crystals, which develops naturally in long-matured cheeses).
Why? Because there is so much going on in the flavours of this authentic Cheddar. A piece of Vintage is best savoured on its own with crackers and even a pickle or chutney of your choice. The robust depth of flavour does make this an inspired and exceptionally tasty cooking cheese; less is required to have a remarkable impact.
Accompaniments to a cheese of this quality deserve to have big bold flavours. Enjoy with red wines such as Malbec or a full bodied Merlot. Another good bedfellow is a real ale with lots of character.
Lactose intolerant? Don’t worry! Our Vintage cheddar contains <0.1% Lactose. The long maturation allows the starter cultures to utilise ‘all’ the lactose in the milk which makes it suitable for most lactose intolerants.
Cheese: Made with raw cow’s MILK
"Nice little shop all the cheese you could ever want from the caves, including biscuits and preserves, cheese boards and knives, staff really helpful and let you taste the cheese before you buy, really cool!"
"1 hour VIP tour with kids 6 & 9. Had a fantastic time learning how the cheese was made and our tour guide was really friendly and answered all our questions. Having kids, one was bound to need the loo and was able to use the staff toilet upstairs which was kind of them. Kids found the storeroom a little "stinky" but I loved it! Not suitable for very young children of children in buggies but school age children would find this interesting especially if you arrive during a time where things are 'going on' in the making room. Thoroughly enjoyed the cheese tasting after and the cheese straws are to die for!"
"Great selection of Cheddar cheeses and delicious cheese sticks. Tasting bar which helps you choose which strength of cheese you like. Friendly and knowledgeable staff"
"Visited cheddar yesterday and had to of course visit the cheese shop. My partner and I had a warm welcome from the staff and tried the cheeses before making our purchases will be making a trip there again before we leave for home after our holiday. The cheese straws are incredible. Thank you"!"I am really glad that we visited this shop and learned all about the cheese making process. The tickets costs £2.50 each and covers the whole day which is perfect as I now know that the cheese making process is not a quick one! You can watch each stage as it happens......no fast forwarding here! You can dip in and out, leave the area and pop back later to watch the next stage of the process. I found it very interesting and good value for money. There are interesting signs to read which explain each step in detail. The only annoying thing is the video in your ear playing on a loop. I wish I could have stayed longer to see the whole thing from start to finish. The cheese maker interacted with us through a window but popped his head out for a chat when we found communication difficult through the glass. The shop was very clean and offered tasters of the various cheeses. The staff here were very friendly and professional and are willing to describe the cheeses available. I really enjoyed my visit here"
"A fantastic experience here. The staff are super helpful and the way that they let you taste a variety of cheese and when we were tasting we were told what order it would be best to try the cheese so that the aftertastes and the overpowering tastes came last".
"The best cheese you can get, all sizes and strengths super tasty, good service and friendly staff, always make sure we stop here when we visit cheddar gorge"
Before going to the shop we opted to take the cheesemaking tour which was very interesting and definitely worth the £2.50 it cost. We had never seen cheese being made before and it was fascinating. We were able to watch the process, saw a video and had a guide too. Afterwards we went to the shop where we were able to try the various cheeses and of course buy some! Everyone was very friendly and helpful.
"Hello lovely people. I just wanted to say a very big thank you for my recent order and getting it to me so quickly. I ordered Thursday morning and it arrived the next day, very impressed. I am a very big cheese lover and to be able to buy cheese online from the Gorge is brilliant, it's so good you can keep going despite the current restrictions. It has been a struggle this week; who would have thought a few pieces of cheese would be able to lift my mood and bring a smile to my face. Hopefully one day soon I'll be able to pay you a proper visit although this may be dangerous as would probably buy a lot more without thinking! Thank you again, stay safe, Angela"
"Drawn to this shop due to the provenance of the cheese. You can buy cheddar pretty much everywhere but Cheddar made in Cheddar, enough said. Great shopping experience, lovely staff and amazing cheese. For me the cave aged and extra mature are the front runners and I genuinely munched through most they had to offer. If you a visiting then go here. If you are staying in Cheddar, go here often. Highly recommend"
“I have been meaning to drop you a few lines for a while now and finally am getting to it! I wanted to say how wonderful your hampers are! I have to be honest, in that I came upon you by chance and in desperation just before Christmas. I live in Spain, I have one brother in Germany and another brother in UK. Generally we dont send gifts to each other though there is a great love between us. We talk all the time via It media. But this year was different… with everything that has been happening in our lives and even though we are all adjusting it is sometimes very hard and especially for those of us who live away from “home” (UK). So this is where you guys came in and wow! did you deliver in every way! My brother in Germany was completely blown away by his hamper and has never stopped talking about it and how well it was packed and just how great it was to have a taste of “home”. He cant praise you enough! Ditto my other brother in Poole, Dorset, also very surprised and delighted with his truckle! So this has made me a very happy sister to have helped bring a smile and some joy to them both (and hopefully helped you too!). As a family we hailed from Bournemouth and my father was from Somerset… every weekend in our youth we would take a trip down your way to explore… great part of the world. Gods Country indeed.. I do miss it. I was so pleased and very pleasantly surprised by your very efficicient and A+++++ service and quality… quite a rarity these days! Many sincere Thanks and well done, you truly deserve to succeed.. you got it right!!! Kindest Regards and thank you… ( will definitely be in touch again!)”
"I bought some of your cheese straws recently - they are exquisite! There's not one improvement that can be made! Absolutely delicious"
"I bought some of your cheese straws yesterday for the first time. In 53 years of eating, I can honestly say I have never tasted anything as sublime . They are off the Richter Scale! Thank you"
"Sent as a gift. Very speedy dispatch and excellent delivery, well packaged with a cool pack, recipients were very pleased"
"Lucky enough to have been given behind the scenes access of how they make their very own cheddar cheese. Very helpful and dedicated people who are passionate about what they do!"
'First off....May I say Thank You for kindly taking the time to talk to me on the phone this morning, I would just like to say how very impressed I was with my parcel which was delivered as promised today, contents as follows: The four cheese hamper, an extra box of cheese straws, and an extra jar of Harvest chutney which are all fabulous, what also impressed me was the ice pack placed inside to keep everything cool and fresh (a very nice touch), as I said to you on the phone we visited your shop in August and were so delighted with the layout of all your beautiful products we had no hesitation in buying some cheese and cheese straws which were most definitely enjoyed by all. Keep up the good work guys, One very happy customer😊'
"CHEESE LOVERS DREAM! Paid for the tour, due to covid was limited numbers of places, was given a detailed history of the cheese company and shown the process, thoroughly enjoyable then in to the shop for some tasting. The cheese was delicious a little pricy but worth the money."
'Hello, my cheese order has just turned up and we're already tucking into the cheese straws. These are the best I've ever tasted!' Thanks very much, I feel sure we'll be back for more!
'Cheese and Cheese Straws arrived on time and in excellent packaging. Great service and advice from Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company. I had a small problem with AMEX card and I was contacted quickly to find out more about the issue and to resolve the problem. Highly recommend the products and the people 😀'
'Hello Wonderful Cheese Company, my order has just been delivered. It was a surprise for my husband as we are O.A.P.'s and staying at home during the current crisis. I wish you could've seen Richard's face when he opened the big box of delicious goodies! Last June we made a trip from Windsor to visit you on his 70th birthday and came home with car loaded. Sadly won't be doing that this year so I'll just have to order some more when he's finished this lot. Do hope you are all staying safe and well during this strange and challenging time. Delighted that you are still able to carry on with orders which I'm sure must be very difficult for you all. Look after yourselves and a very big THANK YOU'
'I love this shop and the museum/factory behind it. Even though I've been before, the information is great and the video is really informative. We arrived a bit late in the day, so missed watching the cheese being made but we did get in for free! The cheese tasting is well organised even when it's busy and the staff are so polite and friendly'.
'What a fab little place keeping their tradition alive! We enjoyed watching the video. and also managed to see them in action, separating the curd. The shop is filled with so many different things to sample. We of course purchased cheese, plus cheese straws which were so moreish! Overall a wonderful experience and they do online orders, so as we aren’t local we will be using this!'
A real Cheese lovers delight- well worth a look, and a taste!
Pretty sure they offer online sales also, so if you find a favourite you don’t ever have to be without!’