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

 

 

Two of our cave-ripened Artisan Cheeses

Got Your Goat Brie

Got Your Goat Brie

Creamy texture and delicate flavor make our Got Your Goat Brie a real crowdpleaser. “It has a very mild goat milk flavor and creamy, smooth texture,” says Mat Callol, our Affineur (Cheese Cave and Ripening Expert). After aging 44 days, the cheeses go from Montchevre to our Cheese Caves and on to our Cheese Shops, perfectly ripe and ready to enjoy. Our team is happy to help you select one that’s just right for tonight or this weekend. “Got Your Goat Brie is so delicate and creamy everyone will love it,” says Mat. “The soft white rind is perfectly edible and adds a wonderful mushroomy note to the subtle goat milk flavor.”

Pair this soft-ripened goat brie with a hard-pressed cheese such as Artigiano Vino Rosso, accompanied by Columbus Felino Salami, Kalamata olives, baguette slices, Bixby Creek Bridge Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc or Ommegang Three Philosophers Beer.

Holiday in Italy

Holiday in Italy

To bring you this distinctive cheese, we partner with renowned Italian cheesemaker Alta Langa, located in the Piedmontese Hills near the French-Italian Alpine region. Their artisans craft unripened cheeses from our recipe, then air-ship them to our Cheese Caves for finishing and ripening. Our team rubs the young cheeses with brandy for about 2 weeks to accent the cows’ milk sweetness and create subtle complexity and smooth texture.

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