A Trap for Cheese Lovers

November 7, 2016 • Australia, Destinations, Food, Victoria • Views: 1454

As ‘the King’ once sang:  “we’re caught in a trap” only this one is a mousetrap.  Located at the end of a pretty garden path, we’ve been lured into Schulz Organic Farms’ wittily named cheese tastery ‘the Mousetrap’ as part of our meander along the 12 Apostles Food Trail and are finding it difficult to extricate ourselves.  We’ve given their Brie and Buetten, a handmade German-style cheese made from organic milk, and little pots of yoghurt a good workout and are now waiting for afternoon tea with scones with jam and cream to be served in their flower-bower country garden.  On a balmy spring day, it’s the kind of place that’s difficult to tear yourself away from but there’s plenty more to discover in these here parts.

Shultz Organic Farm, Port Campbell, Great OCean Road, 12 Apostles, Shipwreck Coast, Victoria, Australia  

Shultz Organic Farm, Port Campbell, Great OCean Road, 12 Apostles, Shipwreck Coast, Victoria, Australia Shultz Organic Farm, Port Campbell, Great OCean Road, 12 Apostles, Shipwreck Coast, Victoria, Australia

Hitting the Gourmet Trail

Thanks to popular TV cooking shows and an explosion in acquiring cookbooks (even if it’s just to look at the fab photos), our fascination with all things gastronomic has grown over the past decade and following gourmet food trails has become a top tourism draw card.   While the Great Ocean Road’s major attraction is the 12 Apostles, the growth in cheese production, wine cultivation, boutique beer brewing and even whiskey distilling in nearby Timboon are giving visitors plenty of food for thought.  On the 12 Apostles Gourmet Trail, these mainly family-run enterprises include Apostle Whey cheese where they’ve been working the farm for 30 years milking 250 glossy cows to help produce their 12 cheese varieties.

Apostle Whey Cheese, Port Campbell, Great OCean Road, 12 Apostles, Shipwreck Coast, Victoria, Australia Anchors, Port Campbell, Great OCean Road, 12 Apostles, Shipwreck Coast, Victoria, Australia

Timboon Distillery,Whiskey, Port Campbell, Great OCean Road, 12 Apostles, Shipwreck Coast, Victoria, Australia Timboon Distillery,Whiskey, Port Campbell, Great OCean Road, 12 Apostles, Shipwreck Coast, Victoria, Australia

 

Anchors A-Whey

A wooden fishing boat marooned on a hill welcomes us to our peaceful villa for the night.  Just one of three designed with couple-dom Nirvana in mind, a warm firelight glow bathes the stylishly furnished, monochromatic decor where a single silver sequinned cushion adds a glittering punctuation mark to a pristine white bed.  I’ve been in jungles noisier than here, the serenity is palpable!

Anchors, Port Campbell, Great OCean Road, 12 Apostles, Shipwreck Coast, Victoria, Australia Anchors, Port Campbell, Great OCean Road, 12 Apostles, Shipwreck Coast, Victoria, Australia Anchors, Port Campbell, Great OCean Road, 12 Apostles, Shipwreck Coast, Victoria, Australia

“Let me know if you’d like our ‘Taste of Heytesbury hamper’ on arrival.  The local Apostle Whey cheese is perfect with our bottle of Newton’s Ridge wine,” says our host at Anchors Port Campbell.  We’d pulled up outside Apostle Whey’s cream cheese-coloured tasting shed earlier that day and after snacking on a soft, washed rind Brie and a range of Havarti from plain and salt washed to speckled with cracked pepper and naturally smoked with bark and gum leaves, we know what she means.

Anchors, Port Campbell, Great OCean Road, 12 Apostles, Shipwreck Coast, Victoria, Australia Anchors, Port Campbell, Great OCean Road, 12 Apostles, Shipwreck Coast, Victoria, Australia

Heard it on the Grapevine

Set within curvaceous countryside, the tasting shed at Newton’s Ridge Winery is filled with salvaged farmhouse collectibles.  Sitting among oak barrels, you can sample handcrafted wines cultivated with care in a family-owned, 6-acre vineyard that includes an estate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio, all grown in a cool maritime climate with an excellent limestone clay terroir.

Newton's Ridge Winery, Port Campbell, Great OCean Road, 12 Apostles, Shipwreck Coast, Victoria, Australia Newton's Ridge Winery, Port Campbell, Great OCean Road, 12 Apostles, Shipwreck Coast, Victoria, Australia Newton's Ridge Winery, Port Campbell, Great OCean Road, 12 Apostles, Shipwreck Coast, Victoria, Australia

Luxuriating with wine and cheese in front of the fire at Anchors Port Campbell, the trap is set and we’re happily ensnared for the night…….

www.anchorsportcampbell.com.au

www.visit12apostles.com.au/food-wine/12apostles-gourmet trail

 

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