Learn about the Smelly Cheese Shop
A backpacking holiday through France during the early 90's was the inspiration for the creation of The Smelly Cheese Shop at Adelaide Central Market. Local chefs and cheese lovers soon discovered that this little gem was showcasing products that South Australians had not seen before. The word spread and demand grew for this carefully selected range of specialty cheese. Ongoing visits to cheese makers from all over Australia and the world, allows us to select the best on offer. Twenty years on, we are still discovering exciting new cheeses to deliver to you.
The Smelly Cheese Shop Online was created as a result of interstate visitors to our store at Adelaide Central Market, asking how they could get our cheese after they returned home. So in 2007 we began delivering cheese to your door.
We also started The Smelly Cheese Club. Here at Smelly Cheese HQ, we search out the best of the best, creating stunning cheese selections that we offer to Club members regularly throughout the year. This is a way of introducing you to new products, limited production items or seasonally available products.
We now buy directly from cheese makers Australia wide, as well as France, Italy, Spain, UK, Ireland, The Netherlands, Switzerland and the USA. We travel widely to visit cheese makers on the farm and in the factory, and work with them to bring the cream of their products to you - and in the condition they intended.
We have attracted a passionate team of cheese enthusiasts, ex-chefs, and even ex-cheesemakers, who bring their expertise to delivering quality cheese to you. Our team continue to develop their skills, training at The Artisan Cheese Making Academy of Australia in Adelaide and Academie Opus Caseus in France. Many of us spend our holidays working alongside our suppliers to increase our knowledge.
Like wine, there is cheese best eaten young and others that improve with age. The semi hard and hard cheeses, which have a longer life, fit into this second category.
In 2008, we built a beautiful, big maturing room, designed to replicate the naturally humid environment and consistent temperature of a cave. Our specialised cooling system allows air to circulate naturally without the need for electric fans normally associated with refrigeration systems. The cheese maturation process determines the characteristics of the final product. Wooden shelves allow for an even maturation of the wheels of cheese. This maturing room is an essential part of our commitment to deliver the best quality cheese to you.
We meet regularly with cheese makers in Australia and overseas to keep ourselves and our customers well informed. We are always discovering new and interesting cheeses to add to this range. We are maturing semi-hard and hard cheeses ranging in size from the 3kg wheels to 100kg wheels.
The time they spend being cared for in our maturing room may vary from weeks to months, depending on size and style, before they are fully developed. Each wheel of cheese will be assessed and turned weekly and possibly brushed, washed or rubbed, depending on the variety.
The maturing room gives us the ability to enhance the flavour of our cheese to increase the complexity thus achieving a balance on the palate and harmony in the mouth, ensuring that you get cheese in optimum condition and exhibiting perfect balance of flavour.
Many of our cheesemakers have been to visit our maturing room and shown their appreciation of the care we take of their cheese so that it arrives to you as they intended. They are keen for us to have their best cheeses.
We also have several other smaller microclimates designed for specific cheese styles. This includes a designated space for surface ripened Goat Cheese and another for the specific needs of some of our Blue Vein Cheese.
If you are ever in Adelaide, please enrol in one of our Cheese Master Classes which include a visit to our beautiful maturing room.