Towri Sheep Cheeses: ewe’ll love it
Queensland’s Scenic Rim is home to some of Australia’s most outstanding food producers. In Allenview, a relaxed one-hour drive from Brisbane or the Gold Coast, you’ll find one of the region’s gems: Towri Sheep Cheeses. The Davidson family owns and operates this artisan boutique sheep dairy. And these guys produce the kind of award-winning hand-crafted sheep’s milk cheeses that’ll have you baa-ing for more.
Towri’s herd of sheep has been specifically bred for the milking industry. Although the production of sheep’s milk cheese is a relatively new industry in Australia, the milk is prized worldwide for its clean taste and nutritional benefits. The flock of 350 sheep at Towri Sheep Cheeses includes the Awassi. This Middle Eastern breed is considered one of the world’s best milking breeds. Awassi are extremely hardy, with natural resistance to disease and parasites. They can also endure through extreme heat and drought, making them an ideal sheep for Australian farming. Further adding to their appeal is their friendly temperament.
Cheese to please
Towri’s top-selling products include Eweghurt, a drained marinated sheep yoghurt, similar to labneh. You should also try the Baa Jar, a traditional marinated firm sheep feta. Black Sheep Cheese is a semi-hard sheep cheese rubbed in ash, which results in a fresh nutty and velvety texture. There’s also the famous Cheshewe. This young pecorino is aged up to three months and is packed with flavour. Towri Sheep Cheeses has also won gold medals at the Brisbane Cheese Awards for its Frisky Feta and Pecorino cheeses.
The Towri property sits on 300 acres of picturesque rural land. It features a purpose-built dairy with specialist milking equipment and the Towri homestead. It’s also home to some “ewenique” events. These include regular farm tours, cheesemaking workshops, weddings, “paint with ewe” classes and even Melbourne Cup sheep races. There’s also an onsite farm shop, full of local produce and packed with all things sheepish.
Come and meet the sheep
Towri Sheep Cheeses is open to the public on the first Saturday of each month. A warm welcome awaits you upon arrival from the Davidson family and their friendly Jack Russells. The tour begins with a milking demonstration, followed by a cheese-tasting session before the all-important cuddles with the Towri sheep. Be sure to meet Hercules, the award-winning racing sheep who loves a good scratch behind the ear. There’s also little Franki who, if given the chance, will make a break for the rose garden. And before you leave, don’t forget to pick up a bag of Woolly Mulch and Ewe Poo. They’ll do wonders for your garden.
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