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Smelly Cheese Shop, Pokolbin

Smelly Cheese Shop Pokolbin

We went on a spontaneous trip to the Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop in Pokolbin, partly to eat yummy cheeses, but also to give B’s car a good run on the expressway.

Broke Road Pokolbin

Smelly Cheese Shop Pokolbin

Overwhelmed with options, we bought a takeaway platter with a creamy blue, a cheddar, brie, washed ring cheese, labneh and feta for $30. Oh and a wedge of Hunter Belle Cheese’s Blue Moon because the local IGA doesn’t seem to stock it any more! :(

Smelly Cheese Shop Pokolbin

We then do a smidgeon of wine tasting in the next shop, Pokolbin Winemakers Outlet, a little boutique selling only wines made in the Hunter from Hunter grown grapes. I ask to try the Audrey Wilkinson 2011 Shiraz and the Pinot, and the lovely woman in the shop suggests we try the, equally priced, but on her recommendation better, Ferraris Estate 2011 Shiraz.

Smelly Cheese Shop Pokolbin

Having not heard of Ferraris Estate before, I needed to know more! They are a very small business, growing only 2 grape varieties – Shiraz and Chardonnay, and producing only three wines – Shiraz, Chardonnay, and a Shiraz Rose, all very dry. They had a great crop in 2011, which they picked at the right time, while Audrey Wilkinson apparently slightly missed the right harvest time that year. So, we took home the delicious Ferraris Shiraz for $22.

Ferraris 2011 Shiraz

Ferraris 2011 Shiraz


Moi enjoying cheese

Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop
Hall of Food
Pavilion G, Tempus Two Complex
2144 Broke Road Pokolbin NSW 2320
p. +61 2 4998 6713

Pokolbin Winemakers Outlet
2188 Broke Road
Pokolbin, New South Wales
(02) 4998 6929



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6 comments for “Smelly Cheese Shop, Pokolbin

  1. July 23, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    Oh I love the Hunter Valley! That cheese shop has so many brilliant goodies. A great tip about Ferraris Estate, I need to add that and Audrey Wilkinson to my hit list for the next trip.

    • July 23, 2015 at 9:38 pm

      We also went to Polkolbin Estate and thee Olive place this week…. a GREAT dry riesling there :)

  2. July 26, 2015 at 9:14 am

    Wow this place looks great! I’ve never been to the Hunter Valley before, thanks for the inspiration to plan a trip there one day soon! Thanks for linking up with us for Fabulous Foodie Fridays.

  3. August 4, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    Hey I am heading to the Hunter Valley for a friend’s wedding soon – I look forward to trying these out! xx

    • August 6, 2015 at 8:02 pm

      It’s a great place to go…. :)

  4. August 30, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    What a fabulous name for a cheese shop. It sounds like a lovely place to visit, especially with wine tasting next door.

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