Meadow Creek Dairy sits perched in the misty, cool emerald reaches of the Appalachian Mountains at an elevation of 2,800 feet, where the water is pure, the air is bright and clean, and the soils are rich and untainted. Using raw milk from their herd of Jersey cows, Meadow Creek makes cheese only when the cows are munching on the fresh grasses of open pasture. It's this seasonality that allows for the clean, bright flavors of spring and summer fields to shine through.

Meadow Creek's proprietors, the Feete Family, took a trip to the European Alps in 2004. They came back home to Virginia to produce Mountaineer, a dense, complex Alpine-style cheese that reflects the mountainous terroir of their own region. Aged for six months, giving it a concentrated toasted and nutty flavor with a hint of butterscotch, Mountaineer has a smooth supple texture and a natural brushed rind.

Farm / Company: Meadow Creek

Cheesemaker: Helen Feete

Proprietor: Rick & Helen Feete

Affineur: Helen Feete

City, State: Galax, VA

Region: East

Country: USA

Milk Type: Cow

Milk Treatment: Raw

Rennet: Traditional

Rind: Washed

Texture: Soft

Aging: 6 months

Size(s): 12-13 pound wheel