about us

“Some say it’s harder to make a good cheese than a good wine.”

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, sweets, and other locally-sourced goods.

cheese monger

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MEET JAMES

Bay-area native James Ayers is Sonoma Cheese Factory’s resident fromagier (that’s “Cheese Monger” 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.

offerings

cheese TRAYS

Includes at least nine cheeses beautifully arranged with accouterments.

LOCAL WINE

Choose from 100% Sonoma wines. We offer bottles and tastings.

SANDWICHES

We offer a variety of gourmet sandwiches.

charcuterie trays

Includes four cheeses, three meats, accoutrements, and bread.

BBQ

Choose from a selection of delicious smoked meats from our amazing pitmaster

seasonal sweets

Choose from various chocolates, cookies, macaroons, and/or torrone.

CAVIAR KITS

Includes créme fresh, classic caviar, potato chips, and “bubbles”.

FONDUE KITS

These handmade kits include shredded fondue, wine, cubed Acme bread, and a recipe card—all ready to heat up and enjoy!

TRUFFLES

Our truffles are handpicked from top suppliers (available for pre-order only).

HISTORY

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.

CONTACT US

ADDRESS

2 West Spain Street
Sonoma, CA 95476

HOURS

Wednesday-Thursday:
11-3Pm,

Friday-Sunday:
11-5PM