Winchester Cheese Company is located in southern central California and is a family farm and cheesemaking operation founded by Jules Wesslink.
Jules was born and raised in Haarlem, Holland, and after a distintinguished WWII flying career during which he flew for the American Air Force, he moved to California where he owned and operated dairies since the 1950s.
Winchester Cheese Company now has 500 Holstein cows who produce milk for the cheesemaking. Jules' daugher Valerie now oversees the cheese production.
Made to traditional recipes from Jules' homeland, Winchester Cheese produces a variety of Goudas which are sold at varying ages, and some of which have flavors added to them.
Sold at three different stages, young, aged and super aged, Winchester Aged Gouda is based on the classic Dutch Boeren Kaas (farmhouse cheese). The aged version is matured for about six months and has the stimulating and complex array of flavors of sweet caramel, nuts and butterscotch that are so alluring in its European forebears. The super aged version develops a distinctly sharp tang that is not for the faint of heart.
The texture is firm, robust and slightly crumbly, with a number of holes, or "eyes."