The best cheeses in New Zealand

The best cheeses in New Zealand

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With some of the best milk in the world with which to work, New Zealand cheesemakers are building a reputation for making some of the best commercial and artisan cheeses in the world.

The best of the best are judged annually in the NZ Champions of Cheese awards.

Best cheeses in New Zealand

Overall winners

Champion of Champions Cheese Award (Commercial) 

Meyer Gouda Cheese

Meyer Smoked Goat Gouda

Champion of Champions Cheese Award (Artisan) 

Mercer Cheese

Fifty Fifty

Champion Cheesemaker Award 

Catherine Oakley

Just Ewe – Winsam Farm

 

Category winners

Champion Fresh Unripened Cheese Award 

Mozzarella Log – Massimo’s Italian Cheeses

Champion Feta Cheese Award 

Puhoi Valley Feta – Puhoi Valley Cheese

Champion Soft White Rind Cheese Award 

Grinning Gecko Brie – Grinning Gecko Cheese Co.

Champion Goat Cheese Award 

Meyer Goat Milk Gouda – Meyer Gouda Cheese

Champion Sheep Cheese Award 

Just Ewe Winsam Farmhouse – Winsam Farm

Champion Washed Rind Cheese Award

Puhoi Valley Cellar Range Washed Rind – Puhoi Valley Cheese

Champion Blue Cheese Award 

Kapiti Kikorangi – Fonterra Brands NZ

Champion European Style Cheese Award

Barrys Bay Havarti – Barrys Bay Traditional Cheese

Champion Dutch Style Cheese Award 

Meyer Fenugreek – Meyer Gouda Cheese

Champion New Cheese Award 

Meyer Smoked Goat Gouda – Meyer Gouda Cheese

Aspiring Cheesemaker Award

Zev Kaka-Holtz – Grinning Gecko Cheese Co.

Champion Original Cheese Award 

Kapiti Kikorangi – Fonterra Brands NZ

Champion Flavoured Cheese Award 

Meyer Smoked Gouda – Meyer Gouda Cheese

Champion Cheddar Cheese Award 

Mainland Tasty Cheddar – Fonterra Brands NZ

Champion Export Cheese Award 

Kapiti Kikorangi – Fonterra Brands NZ

Champion Yoghurt Award

Clevedon Valley Buffalo Vanilla Bean Yoghurt – Clevedon Valley Buffalo

Champion People’s Choice Cheese Award 

Kapiti Kahurangi Creamy Blue – Fonterra Brands NZ

Champion Cheese Packaging Award

Barrys Bay 3 Cheese Selection – Barrys Bay Traditional Cheese

Champion Home Crafted Cheese & Cheesemaker 

Mozzarella – Sandra Crone, By The Whey

Source: NZ Champions of Cheese Awards 2017