Handeck by Gunn's Hill Artisan Cheese (Ontario)
This is a hand crafted washed rind cow's milk cheese that is produced using the same methods as a typical Swiss mountain style cheese. It is available at 24 months old and for December we offer a 2 - 4 year old version. It is delicately aged on cedar wood planks adding robust flavors to the cheese. It is a drier hard cheese with very rich and complex flavors and nutty overtones. All of the milk used comes from their family dairy farm. It pairs well with red wines such as Pinot Noir and also dark roasted beers.
Located just minutes from downtown Woodstock, Gunn's Hill Artisan Cheese is an award-winning fromagerie nestled within the rolling hills of Oxford County, Ontario. Oxford County proudly calls itself the dairy capital of Canada, with cheese being produced there on an industrial scale dating back more than a century. This is due to the area's rich local terroir, with its unique loamy soils, balanced amounts of rain, and contrasting hot and cold seasons all combining to create ideal conditions for farming to flourish.
Gunn's Hill is the result of years of dreaming and planning by owner, operator and cheesemaker Shep Ysselstein. Shep's grandfather founded the neighbouring dairy farm, and his passion and talent was passed down to his grandchildren, leading Shep to hone his cheesemaking skills in both the US and Canada. It was his time spent abroad in the Swiss Alps, however, that saw him truly fall in love with the art of cheesemaking, returning back to the rich terroir of Oxford County to both honour the legacy of the land and make his own mark on the artisan cheese world.
Today, Gunn's Hill produces several different artisan cheeses inspired heavily by the techniques and recipes Shep learned while overseas. There is no better example of this than their award-winning Five Brothers, which arrives to us in four kilogram wheels and is a cross between a Swiss Appenzeller and Dutch Gouda-style cheese.