Ever since laying eyes – and taste buds – on the gorgeous cheese trolley at 1907 last autumn, we’ve been a little cheese crazed. Some people have “dessert stomachs”, but we save space for cheese alone. Actually, that’s a lie. We save room for both!
Sitting on the grounds of one of the Swan Valley’s oldest wineries, Olive Farm Wines (established in 1829), and overlooking the Susanna Brook is WA’s first dedicated “cheese café”. The Cheese Barrel imports its cheese from around Europe and Australia, all of which is displayed in a gorgeous glass case in the centre of the cafe.
Rather than just choose randomly, your best bet is to try one of the Regional Tasting Boards that comprise various cheeses from France, Italy, Spain or Australia, along with slices of fresh baguette, muscatels and crackers.
After our embarrassingly extensive sampling at the launch, we already know what to order on our next visit: a bottle of the delicious Olivine Methode Champenoise sparkling and the French Tasting Board that includes Labuche d’Affinois, Marcel Petite Comté, Rouzaire Camembert and Papillion Black Label Roquefort.
While you’re there, check out the cheese classroom where The Cheese Maker teaches the art of making mozzarella, haloumi, camembert, mascarpone, feta and yogurt.
For those poor souls who don’t eat cheese, there are pastries, baguettes, tarts, macarons and milkshakes. Also available is delicious 5 Senses coffee made with a flashy Synesso Hydra 3 espresso machine.
It’s a good thing they don’t have accommodation on the premises, or we’d be tempted to spend entire weekends there!