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Jun 24, 2008 02:11 PM

Organic cheese, wine in NZ

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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  1. 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.

    1. 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.

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

      Maybe Canterbury Cheesemongers could give you some recommendations.


        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 Its a pretty special place. has a cheese map, but you'll have to fish out the organic stuff. 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 (or just .org if you want the international sites.


        Keep us posted on what you get up to,

        1. I recently came across Blue River Dairy at the Food Show here in Auckland who make a couple of organic cows milk cheeses.

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

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          1. re: CeeVee

            Milton Vineyard in Gisborne is excellent and biodynamic


            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