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St. Tola Irish Goats Cheese

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Overview

From young, fresh crottin through to mature, year old Gouda, all our cheeses are handmade and matured to suit our customers’ individual requirements. As such, cheese from the St. Tola range is now among the most sought-after artisan produce in Ireland. St. Tola Irish Goat Cheese has been made in the townland of Inagh just south of the Burren in County Clare since the early 1980s.

Cheese Making

St. Tola cheeses are handmade cheeses, to which no additives or preservatives have been added. Our cheeses are like living organisms and as they mature they become more distinctive in flavour.

We do not create a synthetic rind to put on our soft St.Tola range (Logs, Crottin and slices). Instead we develop a natural geotritum mould rind and this grows as the cheese matures. It works to protect the cheese and enhance the flavour. As in all good artisanal cheeses, other natural moulds, usually green or blue, may also develop, but these cause no harm. Many cheese lovers actually look for these moulds before they purchasing! The rind is just removed before the cheese is consumed or used for cooking.

We mature our cheese to suit our customers' individual requirements from young, fresh and mild to mature and more pronounced in flavour. 

We use traditional animal rennet in our cheesemaking.

The photos above are a selection from both our soft and hard cheese-making process.

Facilities

Visting Our Goat Farm

We welcome tours of all kinds to our beautiful 65 acre farm! We are available for school tours for both national and secondary students, university and college students and holiday and vacation trips for all sizes and ages.

Visiting our Farm

1. Visitors are free to visit our museum and visitor centre and have a look in at the kids. We are open from 1st April -Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm. (No Bank Holidays)

2. Tours can be arranged for groups of all sizes. Our tour takes approx 1 hour to 1.5 hrs  and includes a full tour of our working farm. There is a chance to pet our beautiful goats, see them during feeding time and get a better understanding of sustainable farming. A cheese making demonstration is included and also a tasting of our gourmet cheeses. TOURS ARE NOT HELD EVERY DAY!! THEY MUST BE BOOKED IN ADVANCE!!. Contact us for booking and tour prices on Tel: 065 683 66 33 or info@st-tola.ie 

The following tour operators include a farm visit to us in their tour offerings

Abbey Tours
Irish Welcome Tours
Moloney & Kelly Travel
My Ireland Tour
Wallace Travel Group
Wine & Dine Tour

Winter Farm Visits

Our Farm Shop shuts for the winter but Farm Tours are still available when booked in advance. Please contact us as above for more details. 

Where?

Our farm is just south of the Burren and only half an hour from the Cliffs of Moher - it can easily be incorporated into a full days touring.

We are part of a number of schemes that promote and support small artisan producers.

ÉCONOMUSÉE

St Tola is part of ÉCONOMUSÉE,  a French Canandian scheme that helps small craft and artisan producers produce small visitor centres. Our recently opened working museum gives the visitor a good overview of the farm, the animals and the art and craft of cheesemaking. 

Burren Food Trail

St Tola Goat Farm is also part of the Burren Food Trail. The Burren is a famous limestone region in North Clare, famed for its wild beauty an inspiration to nature lovers, artists and those seeking adventure. But it is also a great place for foodie lovers. There is great range of artisan food producers in the area as well as excellent places to eat and happy watering holes. 

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Contact Details

St. Tola Cheese, Inagh Farmhouse Cheese, Gortbofearna, Maurices Mills, Ennistymon, Co. Clare, Ireland.

065 68 36633

http://www.st-tola.ie/

info@st-tola.ie

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