Wegmans Cheese Caves

Perfectly ripened cheese, ready to enjoy!

If you love cheese, like we do, you know it’s all about how great tasting it is when it’s perfectly ripe. That’s why we built our own cheese caves with an environment that mimics Europe’s famed caves.

Our state-of-the-art 12,300 sq. ft. building houses a dedicated room for brie cheeses and seven “caves” where soft and washed-rind cheese are nurtured to delicious ripeness. Several different kinds of cheeses can be ripened within the facility at a time, but they’re ripened in separate caves to keep their flavors distinct.

We’ve trained our Cheese Shop team to know just which cheese is perfect for any occasion.  

Exploring the Wegmans Cheese Caves: Clips from 13WHAM & Fox Rochester’s visit to the cheese caves in June 2017. Learn More

Bringing you the perfect cheese

Here's how the cheese you find in our Cheese Shop goes from green to great!

It takes a lot of hard work to make our Cheese Shop a true destination for cheese-lovers! We start by sourcing the best artisan cheeses, then ripen and enhance them in our own Cheese Caves. Our in-store misting cases ensure that these cheeses are ready for you to enjoy and our specially trained employees are on-hand to help you select the cheese that’s perfect for you.

Partnering with the best suppliers
Partnering with the best suppliers

Artisan cheesemakers from near our stores and around the world hand-select unripened or “green” cheeses especially for Wegmans. They trust our dedicated Cheese Cave team to carefully nurture their hand-made cheeses to the peak
of ripeness.

Ripening in our Cheese Caves
Ripening in our Cheese Caves

Different types of cheeses require very specific environments to achieve their finest flavors and textures, so our Cheese Cave has seven distinct ripening rooms with carefully calibrated “climates.”

Enhancing the cheese
Enhancing the cheese

As they ripen, “green” cheeses are flipped, and/or washed with ingredients like wines and spirits to create one-of-a-kind cheeses just for you.

The magic of in-store misting cases
The magic of our in-store misting cases

Our misting cases are the next stop for the now perfectly ripened cheeses—
the uniquely modified environment maintains ideal flavor and texture. We offer dozens of exceptional cheeses in this case.

Behind the scenes at our Cheese Caves

Meet Mathieu, our Cheese Cave Affineur

"Everything’s a dream here," says Mathieu Callol, our new Cheese Cave affineur (that's a French term for those who lead cheese to its peak of perfection). "I’m very excited to work for Wegmans because they care about their people, their customers, their suppliers, and their products."

Born in Dijon, France, Mathieu obtained a Master's degree in dairy production and biotechnology from one of France's most prestigious institutions. He spent several years honing his craft both as a research and development project manager and technician for renowned European cheese-making operations. His great connections with these important manufacturers will mean new sources of incredible cheeses for Wegmans.

Mathieu brings a unique combination of extensive training, years of experience, a love of innovation, and a French-born culinary passion to our Cheese Caves. "I want to use my expertise to help our team create distinctive new cheeses for Wegmans customers," Mathieu says. "The wonderful part of cheese is that it is a never-ending discovery!"

Mathiue Callol, Cheese Cave Affineur

  

Everything you need to know about Taleggio

The taste of Taleggio

We discovered this soft, washed rind cheese on a trip to one of Italy’s most prestigious cheese companies, Arrigoni, in Bergamo, Italy. Our team at the Cheese Caves works to ensure the cheese is perfectly ripe, then we send it to our stores at its peak of perfection, ready to enjoy. Cheese done ripe!

When it’s perfectly ripened, it has an intense aroma with a much mellower taste, sweet with a unique fruit tang. It’s soft and supple, usually riper just under the rind; semi-soft closer to center. Our Cheese Cave affineur, Mathieu Callol, is really excited about this cheese.

“You’ll notice the rich aroma before you take that first buttery bite,” he says. “It’s an incredibly flavorful with a fruity, complex taste, slightly salty with pleasant earthy notes as it matures. I love it smeared on bread, but melts well, so you can enjoy it over bruschetta as an appetizer.”

The tale of Taleggio

We love traveling to Italy to source authentic regional cheese like Taleggio. Here’s a little more backstory about Taleggio and why we’re so proud to offer it in our Cheese Shop.

Authentic and certified

Every region of Italy offers distinctly delicious cheeses, with flavors created by their unique combination of climate, local pasture, and artisan crafting. Authentic Italian cheeses have a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) seal on their labels. Only cheeses made from select regional ingredients and produced in certain areas under carefully regulated processes can earn this prized certification.

Taleggio is one of these renowned PDO regional cheeses. It got its name from a town in Italy in the Lombardia area called Val Taleggio. To certify its authenticity, each wheel has a regulated rind marking—3 Ts in a circle with the factory of origin number, as shown here.

From Italy to our Cheese Caves

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As these special cheeses are aged, they're turned, sponged with a salt water solution and brushed. This keeps the rind damp and encourages the right kind of bacteria to help create its signature look and flavor.

Large wheels of Taleggio are shipped right to our Cheese Caves from Italy; our team at the cheese caves works to ensure the cheese is perfectly ripe before its sent to our stores where it’s portioned and rewrapped for sale. Stop by our Cheese Shop for a taste today. We think you’re going to love it!

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