Wensleydale cheese has been made in Wensleydale since 1150, when the Cistercian monks first settled in the Dale. Today, following a management buyout in 1992, after the Creamery was closed by its owners, Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese is still handcrafted at The Wensleydale Creamery at Hawes in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, to a time-honoured traditional recipe, using milk from local farms.
The Wensleydale Creamery now operates across two sites, employing over 200 staff, and produces 4000 tonnes of cheese annually, which is supplied throughout the UK and is exported around the world.
Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese, which is creamy, crumbly and full of flavour, is protected with European Protected Food Name Status (PGI). Other cheese-makers around the UK can, and still do make Wensleydale cheese, however, only Yorkshire Wensleydale is made in Wensleydale.
Continuing to enjoying global acclaim for their cheese, The Wensleydale Creamery has developed a fantastic range of award-winning cheese, butter and yogurt. They are experts in the blending of cheese with ingredients (being the creators of Yorkshire Wensleydale & Cranberries, back in 1995) combining tradition with innovation.
You can enjoy a true taste of Yorkshire at The Wensleydale Creamery Visitor Centre, where you can watch Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese being handcrafted from a Viewing Gallery. You will also find a Museum, interactive Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese Experience, Gift & Cheese Shop with free cheese tasting, and a Restaurant and Coffee Shop serving homemade and locally sourced food, with dishes inspired by the use of cheese. Please find out more here.
The Wensleydale Creamery kindly co-sponsors and produces part of the Yorkshire Awards cheese board.