Vasse Virgin, Margaret River, Western Australia
It’s hard to drag me out of the Vasse Virgin factory, where I have spent many an afternoon testing and tasting their delicious gourmet products, as well as their beautiful body product range. This video was taken during a visit to Vasse Virgin in October 2016, and I hope gives you a great feel for the origin of these lovely products.
Louis & Edwina Scherini
Vasse Virgin is a delightful, family run business in the heart of Margaret River, Western Australia. The company was established when Louis and Edwina Scherini’s children were diagnosed with eczema and advised by doctors against the use of soap or shampoo, Inspired to create a safe, chemical free alternative for their children they soon realised the only way they could guarantee that the products were natural and healthy was to make their own. The Scherini’s began experimenting in their kitchen first discovered the healing powers of extra virgin olive oil, and a new soap product was born made with extra virgin olive oil as the main base,100% pure essential oils and plant extracts.
With the product proving so popular, ‘Vasse Virgin’ became the new brand and the use of olives was further expanded to include a gourmet food range. Under the watchful eye of a specialist chef, Vasse Virgin's range of delicious olive oil gourmet food products made their début including estate grown and Western Australian olives extra virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegars and fruit vinaigrettes and a range of condiments designed to showcase both the olive and olive oil.
Olive oil has long been relied upon for its uses in both cooking and food. Amongst the many benefits, olive oil offers protection against heart disease by controlling cholesterol levels and it doesn’t stop there. The Vasee Virgin chef continues the company’s ethos in producing high quality, natural products without the use of any artificial additives, preservatives or flavourings.
Black Cow Deluxe Cheddar Cheese, West Dorset, England
Situated on England’s West Dorset coast Black Cow Deluxe Cheddar, originating from West Dorset, England, is a unique cheese made from the same milk that is used to make Black Cow Pure Milk Vodka which we also stock. The cheese is a pale yellow, mature, farmhouse cheddar encapsulated in a layer of black wax. The smooth texture and occasional crystal crunch give way to the perfectly mature, sweet, nutty flavour of this exceptional Dorset cheese.
I had a fantastic trip down to Melbourne in early 2015 where I had the pleasure of meeting up with the Meredith team and hearing first hand all about their farm. Meredith Dairy is a seriously impressive enterprise, where they have made it their mission to provide quality-minded customers with reasonably priced, excellent sheep and goat milk products.