Frequently Asked Questions

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Our most popular cheese is our Persian Fetta, our cow’s milk cheese marinated in fresh herbs, peppercorns, garlic and olive oil. The first cheese we made and still the most popular.

Our most popular menu item is our Tasting Plate with four of our cheeses, crackers and crusty bread. A great introduction to our beautiful cheese range.

Things to do in the Yarra Valley

What can we do at Yarra Valley Dairy?

Retail shopping – We have a range of local produce and handmade goods available in our retail shop.

Cheese tastings – We offer cheese tastings every day of the week, no bookings required.

Café – Our café has a selection of hot food, platters and snacks available from 10.30-4pm every day.

Are your cheeses made with pasteurised milk?

Yes, all of our cheeses are made with pasteurised milk.

What certifications do your cheeses have?

All of our cheeses carry Halal certification.

We do not have organic certification.

Please contact should you require further confirmation or information.

I’m lactose intolerant – can I eat any of your cheeses?

It all depend on the severity of your intolerance. Lactose intolerance is the reduced ability to digest milk sugars, due to insufficient amounts of the gut enzyme called lactase, and this is what varies in us all. But you probably already know that.

Fermented dairy products, such as yoghurt and cheese, are manufactured using starter cultures (good bacteria) whose primary role is to convert the lactose present in the milk into lactic acid which forms an integral part of the finished product.

Depending on their sensitivity, lactose intolerant people can better tolerate fermented dairy products due to the action of the starter cultures consuming the lactose in the milk. Yarra Valley Dairy cheeses are considered high-acid thus meaning a high portion of lactose in the product has consumed by the starter cultures making the products more favourable for those lactose sensitive people who enjoy dairy products.

We would suggest giving our cheese a go with a small amount, if at all.

Can I eat your cheese when pregnant?

As always, our first recommendation is to consult a health practitioner if you’re unsure on what is generally deemed safe to consume whilst pregnant. And cheese is a contentious topic in relation to pregnancy.

Whilst all of our cheeses are produced using pasteurised milk, we err on the side of caution and don’t recommend them being consumed whilst pregnant.