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Vella Cheese Company

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Address: 315 Second St. E., Sonoma, CA
Phone Number: 707-938-3232
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2-Day Muir Woods and Wine Country Tour from San Francisco

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I only gave Vella Cheese 5 Stars because they don't have more stars.

This is the finest cheese I have ever eaten... PERIOD! I have been shopping at Vella for more than 15 years and have never had anything but perfect cheese. My favorite has... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
Shelley H
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Reno, Nevada
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Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This is the finest cheese I have ever eaten... PERIOD! I have been shopping at Vella for more than 15 years and have never had anything but perfect cheese. My favorite has always been Raw Cheddar, but they do not make raw milk cheese any longer. Now I have been buying and eating the Sharp White Cheddar and it is... More 

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Ashland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Vella cheese factory makes cheese the way it is supposed to be made, small batches, attention to detail and hand crafted. There is a 'companion" cheese factory in the town of Central Point, Oregon a short drive from Ashland, Oregon. Here too the cheese is made in artisan style and has won many awards for their Oregon blue. Vella cheese... More 

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Savannah, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We travel to visit friens in Sonoma almost yearly. We have never missed a trip to Vella. We buy the award winning hard cheeses to give to friends back in Savannah as hostess gifts. We'd put the aged Jack up against any Italian grated cheese.

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Mill Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Great artisan cheeses handmade right there. Somewhat hidden a few blocks off the Sonoma town square but worth the effort in finding, especially if you want to grab some cheese to pair with great local wine for your impending picnic. Enjoy!

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Marblehead, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

So good, wouldn't miss a visit to Vella when in Sonoma. Their dry jack is incomparable. Their reputation is well warranted.

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Cuenca, Azuay, Ecuador
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

If you are looking for Artisanal cheese for your home are a picnic in the park, then this is the place in Sonoma.

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Lake Villa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

While taking a walk around Sonoma, found our way to the Vella Cheese Company. During my husband's career, he had the opportunity to meet with Ignasio Vella. We found him in old pictures on the store wall. His family still operates the store. It was a quick visit. The store is tiny. We picked out two or three cheeses which... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Great Cheese, including mild and spicy. The prices were very reasonable - especially compared to other cheese factories on the Sonoma cheese trail.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

I cannot believe I am reviewing this place. We were in Sonoma with out of towners and they saw the sign. It is a big gimmick. Its as bad as going to Sutter Home tasting room, but for cheese. Unless you like crowds and mediocre cheeses, avoid this place.

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Boca Raton, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

We were told about this cheese factory by the desk at The Cottage Inn and Spa. The building is unassuming, but the lady inside knew everything about cheeses and allowed us to sample as many as we liked. Consequently, we purchased several different jack cheeses. After all, you need something to go with the wine!

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