Wicklow Farmhouse Cheese is a small family business in the South East of Co. Wicklow. The Hempenstall family have been milking cows on a small dairy farm at Curranstown, Arklow, Co. Wicklow for the past 50 years.
John established Wicklow Farmhouse Cheese in 2005 to supplement farm income. He milks approximately 100 cows and has developed a distinctive range of cheeses using his own pasteurised milk from his herd of Friesian cows. The cheeses are handmade in a purpose built dairy on the farm by the Hempenstall family, overseen by John and his daughter Mary.
They have won Gold, Silver and Bronze awards at numerous national and international competitions and Wicklow Blue has especially enjoyed critical acclaim since arriving on the market.
Wicklow Farmhouse Cheese now have a range of products, including Wicklow Blue Brie, Wicklow Bán Brie, St. Kevin and a selection of Wicklow Gold Cheddar cheeses. The Wicklow Farmhouse Cheeses are available in delicatessens, supermarkets and farmer's markets as well as many restaurants throughout the country.
Wicklow Farmhouse Cheese produce a reduced salt level cheese and have committed to developing a low fat cheese by 2020.
Wicklow Farmhouse Cheese sources all milk from their own farm, which they aim to be an accredited Sustainable Dairy Assurance Scheme member by July 2020.