Wikipedia refers to artisanal cheese as cheeses produced by hand using the traditional craftsmanship of skilled cheesemakers. As a result the cheeses are often more complex in taste and variety. Many are aged and ripened to achieve certain aesthetics. This contrasts with the more mild flavors of mass-produced cheeses produced in large scale operations, often shipped and sold right away.
A few Okanagan wineries are now starting to produce artisanal style cheese on-site at their wineries, which makes for a very enjoyable matching opportunity with their BC wines. The following is our list of suggestions of some of the best places to stop for Okanagan cheeses, a few of which can satisfy both your wine and cheese cravings!
Upper Bench Winery & Creamery, Penticton
Polar Grove Cheese, Penticton
Carmelis Goat Cheese Artisan, Kelowna
The Village Cheese Company, Armstrong
Happy Days Goat Dairy, Shuswap