Winnimere is our take on Jura Mountain classics like Vacherin Mont d’Or or Försterkäse. In keeping with tradition, this decadent cheese is made only during cold-weather months when Jasper Hill’s Ayrshire cows are making rich, hay-fed raw milk. Winnimere is named for the corner of Caspian Lake where the Kehlers’ grandfather had an ice fishing shack.
Young cheeses are wrapped in strips of spruce cambium, the tree’s flexible inner bark layer, which we harvest from Jasper Hill Farm’s woodlands. During aging, Winnimere is washed in a basic salt brine to help develop a dusty orange rind and this cheese's signature hammy, fruity flavors. At 60 days, this cheese is spoonably soft and tastes of bacon, sweet cream, and spruce.