Nettle Meadow cheeses get top nods at Global Cheese Awards

LAKE OF LUZERNES — Nettle Meadow Farm & Cheese FactoryKunik cheese from . was named one of the top 20 cheeses in the world last week at the World Cheese Champion Contest, a biannual event held in Wisconsin with contestants and judges from around the world.

After tasting nearly 3,000 cheeses in 120 categories, as well as other dairy products including butter and yogurt, the judges winnowed the field until the 20 best cheeses, Kunik among them. The big winner, for the second time in a row, is Gourmino Le Gruyère AOP from Switzerland.

Nettle Meadow earned best-in-class nods for Kunik and Truffle Kunik in the championship and third place for its Simply Sheep cheese. Nettle Meadow also recently received its third Good Food Award for Kunik, awarded by the Good Food Foundation to reward quality cheeses and sustainable farming practices.

Last year, Nettle Meadow won a bronze medal for Adironjack – a cow’s milk triple cream cheese infused with apple brandy – at the International Cheese & Dairy Awards in England and three medals for silver in the New York International Cheese Competition for Kunik, Simply Sheep and Adironjack. The state competition also earned the company a gold medal as New York’s Best Sheep Milk Creamery.

Founded in 1990 as a goat dairy, Nettle Meadow Cow, Sheep and Goat Farm, Farm Animal Sanctuary and Cheese Aging Cellars are located in Thurman, northwest of Warrensburg. Its headquarters, production facilities, store, tasting room and tavern are now fully open at the former Hitching Post site in Lake Luzerne, a move that will allow Nettle Meadow to quadruple production over the next year. coming year, the company said.

Kunik, a triple cream cheese made from goat’s milk and cow’s cream, and other Nettle Meadow cheeses are available at Honest Weight Food Co-Op in Albany and at area supermarkets, including Hannaford.