In 2012, Karen and Graeme Paynter decided to embark on a lifestyle change that took them from their fast paced corporate roles overseas to the Sunshine Coast hinterland where they started Woombye Cheese Company. They were intent on settling in a rural community where they could source premium milk from neighbouring dairy farms, knowing that quality cheese production started with quality milk. Jersey and Friesian milk, collected from three local farms is used to make a range of surface ripened cheese.
Not out to make an intensely flavoured washed rind cheese, the Paynters have successfully created a cheese with a delicate flavour that will appeal to many palates. The pale orange rind, often blanketed by a fine white mould, is full-flavoured but subtle – just as they intended.