Macedon Ranges Wine and Food Budburst Festival

Cloud 9 Farm will be taking part in this years #macedonrangeswineandfood #budburst festival on the 12th & 13th of November. Taste our farm made wine & cheese.
Our offerings alongside our wines for the festival will include:


Saturday- mini cheese platters with @bethshan_preserves  

Sunday- mini cheese platters with @bethshan_preserves, Hungarian goulash ( made by Susy with local lamb) live music from Parso & Dave.

Visit www.macedonrangeswineandfoodfest.com.au for tickets and more information 

 

Autumn- 2016 Vintage

This year we are going to have a straight Shiraz & for the first time we are going to make a base wine for a sparkling Cabernet. Grapes came in at pH 3.3 & Baume 13.75. Quality of fruit excellent. 

It was all hands on deck, great teamwork by all. 

Cloud 9 Farm's Miracle Calf

 

A newborn Dexter calf has survived against all odds after five days lost in bushland at Cloud 9 Farm.

On Saturday while Alan and Susy were working at the cellar door, unsuspectingly, a Dexter cow went into labour. The cow and calf both died during the birth, leaving Alan and Susy devastated. Alan buried the cow and calf that evening.
Alan said the very upsetting time made them question whether they had taken on too many tasks.
“The cellar door was our focus on this day”, said Alan. “Perhaps we were doing too many things, and not the important things.”

Little did they know that the calf’s twin had survived the birth and had been hiding up in bushland.
“A miserable week was interrupted by a miracle,” said Alan. “On Thursday emerged a very small, frail calf from hiding in our bush paddock. …We did not search for a calf on the Saturday because we buried one with the mother.”

When the resilient calf was found it was starving and only just alive.
“We started to feed her small amounts of milk from one of our other cows, and electrolytes in alternate feeds,” said Alan.
The calf, which has been named Belle, is getting stronger each day.

“The little heifer calf has shown such a willingness to live against the odds,” he said. “She is now drinking about three to four litres of milk a day. Our plan is to build her strength up to a point where we can let her be with other cows. We will also see if Bessie, our Jersey cow, will accept her as her own. Fingers crossed.”

Photos by Loz Dalton

Winter Break for Cheese-Making Trip of a Lifetime

 

During the quiet months of July and August, Cloud 9 Farm will be taking a break while Susy and Jacquie travel to Italy to learn the skills of some of the best cheese makers in the world. The girls are very excited about their trip, which will provide them with lots of inspiration – plus lots of lovely food!

The cheese producers – some small, family-run farms that produce artisan products and also larger companies – have invited Susy and Jacquie to come behind the scenes and take in the complexity of their operations.

The girls will visit Luigi Guffanti Formaggi in the Varese province. The Guffanti family has been producing Gorganzola since 1876. Here they will learn about the family’s passion for producing handcrafted cheese, which has continued for five generations.

Another exciting destination is La Fiorida, which is located in the Alps near the banks of the river Adda. This farm produces cheese
(Borgo Gazzano and Parmigiano-Reggiano) and cured meats from animals grown on site.

This amazing opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture and traditions of the Italian cheese makers will provide Susy and Jacquie with plenty of ideas and inspiration for their own cheese-making back home.

Alan, Susy and Jacquie would like to thank all visitors to Cloud 9 Farm for helping to make the cellar door an overwhelming success. In September Cloud 9 Farm will be thrilled to re-open its doors with opening hours as normal.

Exclusive visit to local farms

 

WHAT: Exclusive visit to local family farms
WHEN: Saturday June 6 from 10am to 2pm
WHERE: Cloud 9 Farm and Sidonia Hills
COST: $75 adults, $15 children (Primary School), no charge for children 4 and under

CLOUD 9 Farm and Sidonia Hills have joined forces to provide an exceptional farm experience to 40 connoisseurs of delicious, local food and wine.
The day will begin at Sidonia Hills, which is a family farm that produces healthy, delicious beef. Experience the exclusive opportunity to see the complete farming process; hear about the family’s farming history, observe the cows grazing in their pastures and find our how Sidonia Hills grow and produce their beef.

Afterwards, visit Cloud 9 Farm to enjoy a delicious barbecue lunch and wine tastings. The gorgeous cellar door will be luxurious and warm with the wood fire ensuring guests are cosy on this Winter’s day.
Enjoy the additional options of farm-made cheese platters, mulled wine and a guided tour.

On the day there will be the opportunity to purchase Cloud 9 Farm cheese, Cloud 9 Farm wine, cooler bags and to sign-up to Sidonia Hills’ Village Cow beef box project.

Places are limited to 40 people, so get in quickly to take part in this special day.

* To purchase tickets, visit www.sidoniahills.com.au/events. Payment is via credit card.

Cloud 9 Farm wins silver at DIAA awards night

 

We recently attended the Dairy Industry Association of Australia Product Awards evening. This association has been running for 120+ years, and we were very happy to attend our first awards night. We are very proud to announce that we won Silver for our White Velvet Cheese. This was unexpected and such a lovely surprise as it is the first time we have entered the competition. Make sure you pop in and try some on your next visit.
Also coming up on June 6th

We will be working with Sidonia Hills Natural Beef to provide a unique experience from paddock to plate. Enjoy a delicious lunch showcasing Sidonia’s excellent Beef and meet the farmer who’s grew the cattle. You will also get the chance to meet Cloud 9 Farm’s winemaker & cheesemaker as well as sampling all of our delicious produce. It will be a great day for both foodies and people wanting to know a little bit more about where their food comes from. Contact Sidonia Hills Natural Beef ( see link on post) for bookings
Hope to see you all soon!

Sunday April 12th

 

Hello everyone, Cloud 9 Farm will be hosting the Scottish Terrier Club of Victoria's wine & cheese event on Sunday the 12th of April. As a result we will be fully booked at the cellar door. However we will still be open for retail sales 10am - 5pm as normal. 

We look forward to seeing you soon.