Winchester Cheese Company is owned and operated by Jules Wesselink who was born and raised in Haarlem, Holland. Jules has operated his own dairies in California since the 1950's. As the metropolitan Los Angeles area has grown Jules's dairies have moved from Artesia to Chino, and now to Winchester. The dairy now has 500 Holstein cows and is located in a beautiful setting as you can see from the accompanying photos.
BOERE KAAS, which means "Home made on the farm", is the favorite choice of cheese-loving Holland. In a class by itself, it is distinguished by its delicious and unique flavor in comparison to cheese mass-produced in factories. Our cheese is made by Valerie Thomas, Jules Wesselink's daughter, and David Thomas, her husband.
We take pride in making "Gouda" (Goudse Kaas) Boere Kaas in Winchester, California in the same traditional way as it has been done by our families back home in Holland for many, many generations.
We make it on the farm in Winchester in the same natural way, using the same natural ingredients and fresh raw milk. Then we age it like fine wine, to perfection, to bring out its natural goodness.
The only difference we allow ourselves is that we no longer use wooden tubs and tools. We now use shining stainless steel vats and utensils. The Taste Remains unmistakably... "Gouda" Boere Kaas!
In July, 2006 our sharp gouda won the bronze medal at the prestigous World Cheese Awards in London, England.
We invite you to view our cheese making here on our Web site and visit us for a personal tour when you're in the area.