Wicklow Farmhouse Cheese is a small family business in the South East of Co. Wicklow. The Hempenstall family have been milking cows on a small dairy farm at Curranstown, Arklow, Co. Wicklow for the past 50 years.
John established Wicklow Farmhouse Cheese in 2005 to supplement farm income. He milks approximately 150 cows and has developed a distinctive range of cheeses using his own pasteurised milk from his herd of Friesian cows. The cheeses are handmade in a purpose built dairy on the farm by the Hempenstall family, overseen by John and his daughter Mary. They have won Gold, Silver and Bronze awards at numerous national and international competitions and Wicklow Blue has especially enjoyed critical acclaim since arriving on the market.