Cheese Factory Jan 22 284

the best cheese
in sonoma

Our historic building is located at 2 West Spain Street on the Sonoma Plaza. Stop in and meet our Fromager, James Ayers.

About Us

about us

sonoma cheese factory

The iconic Sonoma Cheese Factory has been a purveyor of award-winning cheeses in the Sonoma Valley for 90 years.

Today, Sonoma Cheese Factory is continuing its rich legacy by offering superb cheeses, Sonoma County wines, BBQ from Primal Cuts Meats, and other locally-sourced goods.

sonoma cheese factory platter of cheese sitting on a table


sonoma cheese factory cheese monger james ayers on a counter full of different types of cheese

meet james

Bay-area native James Ayers is Sonoma Cheese Factory’s resident fromager (that’s “Cheesemonger” in English). With over thirty years of experience, he brings passion and a wealth of expertise to Sonoma Cheese Factory.

James travels extensively throughout the United States and Europe to curate one of the most exciting cheese selections in the world. His genius is evident in his crafting of creative cheese and beverage pairings including his all-time favorite – brie and cider.

take a peek inside the historic shop

sonoma cheese factory lots of different types of cheese packed in round pieces
sonoma cheese factory beautiful slices of hard cheese with a massive piece of cheese on the background
sonoma cheese factory cheesemonger james showing cheeses on the counter to people

smoked meats

Primal Cuts Meats

Utilizing extended curing techniques, our signature sauce, and a beautiful presentation, Executive Chef Oscar Gomez has elevated the process of smoking and barbecuing quality meats which draws out maximum flavor in every bite.

We carry Primal Cuts Sandwiches to-go throughout the week and also feature their full menu at Sonoma’s Tuesday night Farmers Market

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primal cuts delicious cuts of cooked and shredded meat on a table


Originally founded as Sonoma Valley Creamery by Italian immigrant Celso Viviani in 1931, this small, family- owned business in the abundant Sonoma valley grew to put California on the world cheese stage. At its inception, the Sonoma Cheese Factory produced Italian-style hard cheeses and fresh cheeses, specifically cottage and cream cheese. Eventually, production shifted towards semi-hard cheeses, including its flagship—Sonoma Jack.

The awards followed. In 1987, Sonoma Cheese Factory became the first cheesemaker west of the Mississippi to win a medal in the United States Championship Cheese Contest in Wisconsin with their Sonoma Garlic Jack.

Today, Sonoma Cheese Factory resides in the same historic location it has since 1945 and is revitalizing its rich legacy in the Sonoma Valley and beyond.