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Cheese and wine: A perfect pairing

26 September 2018

The Cheese Barrel is one of the Swan Valley’s most popular destinations drop in for a visit in between wine tastings and you’ll understand why. Part of Olive Farm Wines, the oldest established winery in WA, The Cheese Barrel houses the Swan Valley’s largest collection of local and international cheeses. Its licensed cafe offers a selection of savoury dishes, coffee and sweet treats.

The Cheese Barrel

As you would expect, the cafe has a largely cheese-focused menu and a key part of its offering is a range of cheese and wine matching boards.

Depending on your cheese preference, each board pairs a group of cheeses with four matching wines from its parent Olive Farm Wines.

The cheese selections vary daily, and there are four boards available:

  • Ploughman’s (serves 2) - $40
  • Fromage Au Trois (serves 2) - $40
  • Best of the West (serves 2-3) - $45
  • The Big Board (serves 4) - $70

A matching flight of four Olive Farm wines costs $18 per person.

The Cheese Barrel

With a view overlooking the Susannah Brook, The Cheese Barrel is ideal for a winter lunch, taste something new or purchase some cheese to take home and enjoy later. It’s a great family destination where the kids can run free on the lawn while parents enjoy some fantastic cheese and wine.

In winter we tend to prefer red wines such as cabernet sauvignon or shiraz, but even a crisp chardonnay shouldn’t be ignored. Try a pinot noir with brie, malbec with aged cheddar or cabernet sauvignon with gouda. For the ultimate winter warmer, pair a strong blue cheese with a good port by an open fire.

The Cheese Barrel

Other wine and cheese experiences around the Swan Valley include cheeseboards and tasting opportunities from Ugly Duckling Wines, Twin Hill Wines and Ambrook Wines.

If making your own cheese interests you, pay a visit to The Cheese Maker at Swan Valley Central.

The Cheese Barrel and Olive Farm Wines are located at 920 Great Northern Highway, Millendon.