Swissland Cheese is an established, unique enterprise that pioneered in 1992 by Francine Isaac. The opportunity presented itself in those years when Fran's Family background of dairy farming and her own passion for the farm life she grew up with, came together just before the time when the only cheeses available and know to the South African public, was the Annatto coloured Cheddar and Gouda. At the same time, cheeses such as Camembert and Brie paved the way for an interest and demand for different styles of cheeses in South Africa.
It was the beginning of a new food culture, where healthy wholesome foods were being sought after. This also collided at the start of the well known Midlands Meander tourist route, incorporating artists, artisan and agri-tourism. A route that has become popular in providing and sharing an insight to the lives of these people and the beautiful area in which they live in.
The Natal Midlands’ rolling green hills and the lovely farm where Fran grew up, provided a springburst for her passion and a healthy farm life for her own children. The high hill where the Saanen Goats roam and the valleys that stretch below is where Swissland grew into a fairytale following the footsteps of Heidi.
Fran's passion in the opportunistic creation of Swissland, shows in the small herd of healthy, happy, free roaming goats and her award winning cheeses. The pure healthy milk, provides the creation of the large range of Swissland goat cheeses, free of antibiotics and colourants. This range provides a delight for all palates, from the soft, fresh Chevre to a hard, mature Pecorino.
Planning a visit to Swissland Cheese? Consider the opportunities that it provides. The seasons and the scenery offer a lingering visit, where you may sample and purchase the cheeses in the quaint Swiss style Chalet. The rolling lawns and trees provide an idyllic setting, comfortable for an impromptu picnic, where a cheese variety pack and delicious cheese accompaniments are available for purchase. No outside food allowed. Our 'Old Dairy Kiosk' offers cheesey treats. If the timing is right, customers may even be lucky enough to witness the birth of a goat kid, or just feed the goats with the food provided in the shop. Milking can also be viewed daily between 3.30pm and 4.30pm, during the season between August and May.
SHOP HOURS OPEN Fridays to Mondays and public holidays, 9.30am to 4.30pm CLOSED Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, Xmas Day and New Years Day