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Business name: Latana Cheese
CATEGORY:: Activities
Type: Handcrafted Cheese Tours
About (Owner’s description): When Dean and Petra Lategan retired in 2011, they moved to the dairy farm where Dean grew up in the heart of the Klein Karoo to start their cheese journey. It was supposed to be a small venture, starting off with a 3x4m factory built from materials leftover from the renovation of their old farm house. The dream was to make special cheese with quality ingredients in the most organic way possible to share with friends and family.

One year later, they produced their first cheese, Latana Boerenkaas, and the dream kicked off in high gear. It soon became evident that they needed help as the product available could not keep up with the demand of this beautiful, natural and chemical free Jersey milk cheese. They not only found a vibrant, happy and spontaneous 20-year old girl, Ashley-Ann (who at that time was helping Petra in their home), but they found an ambitious and enthusiastic businesswoman in the making who shared their passion for cheese and cheese making.

Weekends were spent at markets selling cheese until a young man changed their lives in an instant when he convinced them to enter their cheese into the World Jersey Cheese Championships (after only two years in the cheese game). The gamble paid off and they won two silver medals and three bronze medals, and haven’t looked back since.

Ashley-Ann is now a fully-fledged cheese maker and as keen as ever. She is even training a protégé, Lizzy Fortuin (a former cleaner at the farm) to become a cheese maker. Dean and Petra’s retirement hobby has become more than an adventure; it has become a thriving reality – an aromatic, exciting, and vibrant reality that most only dream of.

Cheese Experiences

The Cheese Experience is essentially a tasting tour, taking guests on a flavour journey to write home about (picnic or seated dinner) serving you Starters, main course and desert, with Cheese as the main ingredient while you learn more about cheese R150pp it is essential that you book a day in advance of your visit.

The Cheese-Making Experience not only gives visitors as much information about cheese they can absorb, but guests also have the opportunity to make their own cheese. R800pp (If you would like to come and make cheese yourself, we need to be informed three days in advance so as to coordinate your visit with the factory schedule. Kindly book ahead of time as we want to make sure that all is set to facilitate a pleasurable cheese-making experience for you.

When visiting Oudtshoorn come and visit the farm and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the area, make an appointment and bring friends for a cheese experience.
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Street Address: 7,5km from the Swartberg Mountain Pass turn-off
Town: Oudtshoorn
Code: 6620
Region: Klein Karoo, South Africa
Telephone: +27 (82) 777-7213
Cell: +2782 3757 884
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Registration Date: Sep 24, 2014
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