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“Cheese!”

Matos Cheese Factory
Ranked #14 of 23 Tours in Santa Rosa
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Owner description: A cheese factory.
Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

The other TA reviews accurately describe the 'cheese factory': working farm, dirt road, cows about (and cow doings!), tractors, and the cheese shop around the back by the barn. The St Jorge cheese is worth the trip, original or aged. Combine with a winery visit or two for a fun day.

Thank Steve K
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Reviewed 12 December 2016

They make two versions of the same cheese. One is aged 3 months and one is aged 8 months. They cost $9 and $13 per pound respectively. This is a great buy for some very tasty cheese. I would definitely recommend stopping buy and buying their cheese.

Thank irawine
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Reviewed 27 July 2016

Want to step back in time? Make your way down the gravel road to the Joe Matos Cheese Factory. As you turn off the paved road in the middle of real farm country, you drive past grape vines, cows, chickens and various barns and out buildings. This is a real working family farm, no fancy gates or towering buildings of stone like the wineries. Open the door to the office and the bell rings so one of the family members can come out of the cheese aging room to help you. They hand make one kind of cheese, St. Jorge, two different aging times, so subtle taste difference. They have been a family run business since 1979. We spoke to the 4th generation daughter about the process of making the cheese and she pointed out family members in pictures on the wall. Very interesting and really makes you think about a farmers life and appreciate the food you eat. The first time we went there we found this place by accident, this time we made sure it was one of our stops while in the area. There are no tours, but this would be a really great spot to take your kids, so they can see how a real farm is run.

Thank Jeanne R
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Reviewed 19 July 2016

I am very familiar with the "Sao Jorge" cheese, having milked a few cows there myself.
Although I was skeptical it was a great surprise.. it is excellent! Just placed a second order.
John S.

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Reviewed 14 July 2016

The place makes one type of cheese, Sao Jorge, which is originally from the Azores Island in Portugal, the cheese is strong so it is perfect for wines, If you're in Napa-Sonoma area you have to stop by and grab some cheese from here. We meet the owner, adorable Portuguese lady, and she gave us a tour in this little cheese factory. It was a nice experience.

Thank Edson R
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