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QueenCeleste Jun 24, 2008 02:11 PM

Hi,
I'm planning a trip to NZ later this year and am really interested in checking out the organic scene. Can anyone recommend an organic or biodynamic winery and organic cheese maker? Thanks everyone.

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    jogas RE: QueenCeleste Jun 24, 2008 03:41 PM

    Richmond Plains and Sunset Valley are two organic wine producers in Nelson. Sunset Valley also has accommodation.
    Do a Google search for organic cheese producers...a couple if the North Island south of Auckland.

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      mlgb RE: QueenCeleste Jun 25, 2008 04:44 PM

      I don't claim any expertise but I did stop at this cheese maker (in Northland) and it appears that they qualify. You can visit the farm which has a store on site, but apparently they don't allow tours.

      http://www.mahoecheese.co.nz/background.html

      There is Whitestone which is in Oamaru, don't know if they meet the criteria but they have a tour

      https://www.whitestonecheese.co.nz/Radshop/bin/Whitestone.html

      Maybe Canterbury Cheesemongers could give you some recommendations.

      http://www.cheesemongers.co.nz/

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        rachelfc RE: QueenCeleste Jul 19, 2008 11:17 PM

        http://www.ecofestnelsontasman.co.nz/organic.html

        Don't know what "later this year means but if you're here in Aug check this out. You'll find some links there too.

        Also check out www.hohepa.com. Its a pretty special place.

        http://www.nzsca.org.nz has a cheese map, but you'll have to fish out the organic stuff.

        www.seresin.co.nz is organic/biodynamic- also does oil and honey but don't know about cheese.

        I suppose you know about wwoofers? (willing workers on organic farms?) If not check out www.wwoof.co.nz (or just .org if you want the international sites.

        )

        Keep us posted on what you get up to,
        Rachel.

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          CeeVee RE: QueenCeleste Oct 6, 2008 02:02 PM

          I recently came across Blue River Dairy at the Food Show here in Auckland who make a couple of organic cows milk cheeses.
          http://www.blueriverdairy.co.nz/Products

          I'm dairy intolerant, so I just LOVE their range of sheeps milk cheeses (all vegetarian), including a fantastic cheddar.

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            stanleyk RE: CeeVee Oct 14, 2008 05:55 AM

            Milton Vineyard in Gisborne is excellent and biodynamic

            http://www.millton.co.nz/

            Very good Chenin Blanc, one of very few in the country, also excellent Riesling too, Opou I think!

            While there try TW wines who do a very good sweet wine, depending on year the grape can change, I had a viognier and it was fantastic.

            Enjoy your trip

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