We are located in Queenstown's Valley of Vines, high in the southern mountains and specialise in handmade sheep, cow and goat milk artisan cheeses hand-crafted in the European style.
The cheesery is a unique visitor experience for families, groups and individual travellers alike and features a café, retail shop and a cheese-making presentation as well as complimentary tastings of our wonderful cheeses.
For the more adventurous cheese lover we also offer fully stocked picnic hampers and backpacks so that you can drive, walk or cycle throughout the Gibbston Valley and beyond, following recommend Wine and Cheese Trails.
Our sun drenched, vineyard encircled picnic garden is the perfect setting to enjoy a delicious platter of assorted cheeses, meats, breads and fruits along with a glass of the regions' best wine from our neighbours at the Gibbston Valley Winery.
Whilst you are visiting, why not take home some unique locally made products from our retail shop? We have a great selection of gift boxes, homewares and delicious deli items sourced from New Zealand's most innovative suppliers. Gibbston Valley Cheese gift boxes are the ideal corporate gift and are also a great way to say thank you or happy birthday. We can courier directly from the cheesery to the recipient, taking the hassle out of gift shopping at any time of the year.
A drive out into the countryside of the Gibbston Valley takes around 20 minutes from Queenstown, 35 minutes from Cromwell or 55 minutes from Wanaka. We look forward to welcoming you at the cheesery soon!
Free Cheese Tastings
Everyone is welcome to come and try a selection of our handmade cheeses in the cheesery shop.
Cheeseboards & Lunch Options
We offer a mouthwatering selection of cheeseboards, flatbreads, baguettes and baked cheeses for you to enjoy in our picnic garden or in the comfort of the cheesery. With meal options from only $10 and freshly brewed plunger coffee and the finest leaf tea, it's the best place for eats in the Valley
Private & Group Cheese Tasting Tours
We welcome large and small groups for private tasting sessions accompanied by a short film on our artisan cheese production and an address from the resident GV experts including a question and answer session. These are bookable in advance via telephone or email.
Gourmet Cheese & Wine Tasting
A special combination tour set in the ambiance of the Gibbston Valley Winery’s Wine Cave allows guests to match delicious local wines with our artisan cheeses in a truly unique setting. The gourmet tasting is bookable in advance by calling or emailing the cheesery.
Our gift boxes include a selection of our handmade cheeses and a complimentary chutney or relish. Personalised greetings can be included with the gift box, written on a printed card. Please request with the order.
*The cheese styles in these Gift Boxes vary depending upon availability.
Cheese & Wine Trail Picnic Hamper
The Gibbston Valley Cheese and Wine Trail hampers are a unique gourmet delight that pair our boutique, artisan cheeses with a matching map of premium wines from Gibbston Valley and Central Otago along with tasting notes.
How does it work?
Simply call the Gibbston Valley Cheesery to book a Cheese and Wine Trail Hamper and we take care of the rest.
You can pick up your pre-ordered hamper from the Cheesery on your way through Gibbston Valley and return it to us at the end of your wine trail.
Cheese Picnic Backpack - Cyclists & Trampers
For visitors looking to explore the area on foot or two wheels, Gibbston Valley Cheese is situated near the newly opened Gibbston River Trail which can be accessed via three local spots and offers a unique biking or walking experience, spectacular views and many beautiful photo opportunities.
We can provide explorers with a fully stocked backpack containing a picnic of gourmet cheeses, freshly baked bread, mineral water, antipasto medley and a selection of crackers.
How does it work?
It's the same as with the Picnic Hamper, simply call the Gibbston Valley Cheesery to book a Picnic Backpack and we take care of the rest. You can pick up your backpack from the Cheesery on your way through the Valley and return it to us at the end of your adventure.
Cow Milk Cheese
High quality Friesian and Jersey Cows' milk is used to produce a variety of dairy cheeses.
With a constant milk supply throughout the year we are not limited in the quantity of cows' milk cheese that we are able to produce.
Sheep Milk Cheese
Sheep milk is much easier to digest than traditional cow milk due to its high levels of casein protein – three times more than is found in cow milk.
And even for those who are lactose intolerant, hard sheep cheeses are still an option as the sheep milk lactose is discarded with the whey.
Goat Milk Cheese
Goat milk flavours are sharp and salty with a sweetness that appears when cooked.
Goat's milk is a very good source of calcium and the amino acid tryptophan.
It is also a good source of protein, phosphorus, riboflavin (vitamin B2) and potassium.