The Wensleydale Creamery welcomed HRH The Prince of Wales on Thursday 10th September on a visit to see the art of traditional cheese-making in the Yorkshire Dales and sample its range of award-winning cheeses.
David Hartley, Managing Director of the Wensleydale Creamery, showed HRH The Prince of Wales, Patron of the Specialist Cheesemakers Association, around the new creamery, where he saw first-hand, the art of wrapping cheese in muslin cloth, part of the handcrafted process of producing the award-winning Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese.
HRH The Prince of Wales was also presented with his own ‘cheese iron’, the specialist tool that is used to grade (test) and taste cheese.
David said: “With a heritage that spans centuries and family roots that are firmly set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, we’re extremely proud and thrilled with HRH The Prince of Wales’ enthusiasm for our award-winning cheese, the brand, the business and the community.”
The visit marked a significant milestone for cheese-making at Hawes. The Wensleydale Creamery has achieved European Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status for its internationally renowned Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese, and is nearing completion of a major £5 million investment in its cheese-making facilities.