The Rogue Valley has an abundance of different experiences: artisan food, wine, stunning views, miles of hiking trails, long stretches of water for rafting, and much more.
While our river guides know the mighty Rogue like the back of their hands, they’re also a fountain of information about local specialties you can enjoy once you’re done rafting.
And one of our guides’ favorite things is the World’s Greatest Cheese, located right here in beautiful Southern Oregon.
Rogue River Blue Cheese
The Rogue Creamery produces their beloved blue cheese seasonally, so availability is limited. But life will never be the same once you taste this rich and luscious creation.
But how do they produce their world-famous blue cheese?
When fall arrives in the Rogue Valley, the cow’s milk is at its best. So it’s only during these months that the Creamery makes their Rogue River Blue. After 9-11 months of careful tending in the aging caves, each wheel is hand-wrapped in organic Syrah grape leaves which were soaked in pear spirits.
While a true cheese lover doesn’t require any accompaniments for their cheese, Rogue River Blue goes well with many foods, including a simple salad or a selection of local meats.
Or if you desire a classic cheese pairing, wines such as a Viognier, Syrah and Cabernet Franc are good options.
Rogue River Blue Cheese was named 2019-2020 World Champion at the World Cheese Awards in Bergamo, Italy, so it’s extremely popular. While the Creamery is currently sold out of 2020 Rogue River Blue, visit their website to be notified when you can preorder the 2021 Rogue River Blue.
History of the Creamery
The Rogue Creamery has a long history in the valley. In the 1930s, Tom Vella opened a small creamery, joining the sprawling agricultural scene already in the Rogue Valley. Vella also had the support of local farmers, who supplied milk to his cheese factory.
After World War II, Vella expanded the creamery’s offerings. They started producing blue cheese in 1954 and it was well-received right from the start. It was also the first blue cheese produced in caves west of the Missouri River.
The Rogue Creamery continues to thrive as their cheeses are sold worldwide. They have always prided themselves on using the best ingredients, which you can taste in the end product. The cheeses they produce are a testament to the unique flavors you will only experience in the Rogue Valley.
Satisfy Your Cheese Craving
There’s so much to discover in the Rogue Valley, but no trip is complete without a taste of the Rogue Creamery’s famous cheeses. Enjoy them after a day on the river or bring some home to share with your family. Because a taste of the Rogue Valley is the gift that keeps on giving.