In 2002, Cary Bryant and David Gremmels purchased Rogue Creamery from the Vella family. Rogue's cheesemaking roots date back to the 1930s when Tom Vella, founder of the Vella Cheese Factory in Sonoma, California, opened a facility in Southern Oregon in the midst of the Depression. Cary and David learned the craft of making great blue cheese from Tom's son, Ig, and dove head first into rebuilding the crumbling infrastructure of the cheese house and retail store. They now buy milk from two local dairies and have recently purchased their own dairy and herd of Brown Swiss and Holstein cows to make their fine collection of artisan cheeses.
Echo Mountain is a seasonal cheese that is made using a blend of raw cow and goat milk. It is dense and creamy with bold, earthy flavors and a balanced tanginess from the goat's milk.
A smoked version of this cheese is also available.
Farm / Company: Rogue Creamery
Cheesemaker: Cary Bryant
Proprietor: David Gremmels & Cary Bryant
City, State: Central Point, OR
Milk Type: Blended
Milk Treatment: Raw
Aging: 6 months
Size(s): 5-pound wheel