Gunn's Hill Artisan Cheese


The golden-coloured rind has a slightly vinous aroma and fruity flavour, and the interior is rich, creamy and smooth with lactic notes and a buttery flavour.

Made by Gunn's Hill Artisan Cheese

Gunn's Hill Artisan Cheese is a small artisan cheese plant nestled within the rolling hills of Gunn's Hill Rd. in Oxford County, Ontario. The cheeses produced at Gunn's Hill are truly unique, although you can taste the Swiss influence from techniques and recipes Shep learned while making cheese in the Swiss Alps.

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About this cheese

Using techniques learned in Switzerland, owner and cheese maker Shep Ysselstein hand-washes this farmstead cheese in a brine solution for the first 3 weeks, and then with the 1812 Chardonnay from Palatine Hills Estate Winery for another 3 weeks.

Pair it with...


Pair with a Tawny Port.

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Delicious with Asian pear.

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Pair with an aromatic sake.

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Pair with golden or red beers.

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Additional Information

Family Swiss
Texture Semi-soft
Province Ontario
Rind type Washed
Milk type Pasteurized
Moisture 42%
Milk fat 28%
Distribution Provincial

Keeping Cheese


Proper storage includes making sure that the wrapping adheres well to the cheese to prevent it from drying out. Keep cheeses on a lower shelf of your refrigerator, far from foods with strong odours, to avoid absorption of unwanted tastes and smells. If you follow these guidelines, your refrigerator’s vegetable drawer will be a good storage spot.

To preserve freshness of washed-rind cheeses, use breathable wrap like waxed paper to allow oxygen to work with the bacteria.
Refrigerator Shelf-life: 2-3 weeks.


Most cheeses can be frozen, but it is important to keep in mind that freezing can affect texture and character. This is why thawed cheeses are best reserved for use in cooking. Neither the taste nor texture of meals cooked with previously frozen cheeses will be affected.
You can freeze Swiss cheese, in pieces of 500 g or less, for up to two months! Just carefully wrap cheese in plastic wrap and place in an airtight freezer bag or vacuum pack. Before using, it is important to allow cheese to thaw slowly in the refrigerator.

Some cheeses, such as Cheddar, Swiss and Emmental, store very well in the freezer after they have been grated.

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