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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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9:30 am - 6:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 9:30 am - 6:00 pm

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The Oldest Cheese Factory in Sonoma

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... read more

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

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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Los Altos, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Whenever we're in Sonoma we stop at the Vella Cheese Company to stock up on their delicious butter. It freezes beautifully so we enjoy it for months. The Monterey Jack cheese they produce is also some of our favorite - in pesto, jalapeño, garlic, habañero and rosemary flavors - but especially their pale, sweet, nutty Dry Monterey Jack which when... More 

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Palo Alto, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015 via mobile

These cheeses are fabulous, family-made for generations. The servers were knowledgeable; ours was in training - the "old-timer" (in her 30s) corrected her a few times as she described several cheeses to us and explained how they were made, aged... we enjoyed them all, but like when we taste wine, I go for one type (Toma) and my husband liked... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

We had read great reviews about this place but were greatly disappointed. When we entered the shop, no one greeted us, no one offered us samples, we were basically ignored and ended up leaving without tasting any cheese or buying. We arrived at 9:30, first thing in the morning, and the staff all seemed to be busy getting ready for... More 

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SUMMERFIELD, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We stopped at Vella Cheese based on a recommendation from a winery. We bought a selection of cheese,bread, and sausage and went back to the winery to have a picnic. The cheeses we selected were as good as any that we have had in France. Next time we are in California we will defiantly stop there again. They help was... More 

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San Ramon, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 via mobile

No crowds- go right to the source for a wonderful cheese experience. The friendly staff welcomes you to a small tasting area and you are free to request a taste of whatever cheese you'd like. It's good to know that it is made right on the premise as it has been for many years. We enjoyed the aged cheeses and... More 

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Carmel, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

The Vella Cheese Company is focused on creating delicious hand made cheese. The front of the building offers tastings of each of their cheeses while the back is in full production mode - creating these tasty cheeses. They are famous for their Cheddar and Jack but I am sure you can't go wrong with any of their award winning creations.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

This family company focuses on the quality of its cheese and forgoes the glitz of a tourist stop. My wife's family has bought cheese at Vella since the 1960s. If you are looking for a genuine Sonoma experience, indulge at Vella Cheese.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

This long time Sonoma institution is well worth the easy 1.5 block walk off the square. The showroom is small but the staff is friendly and they will allow you to taste as many cheeses as you like. They are known for their dry jack cheeses. They were great, but as the week wore on, my favorites of the several... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Loved the authenticity of this spot. Linda, behind the counter, was a superb ambassador of the business and the products. The cheese itself is superb. Absolutely the best in Sonoma. Taste first anything that you're not familiar with, and walk away with the best picnic ingredient in the Valley!

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