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“Do not plan on this place!”

Monteillet Fromagerie - Day Course
Reviewed 2 October 2013

My family loves goat cheese and really looked forward to including this stop in our vacation plans. I called 3 weeks ahead to arrange our visit and was told to call a week before, which I did and set a time with Joan. I called Joan again 1/2 hour ahead of our arrivial but, when we drove in no one was there. We waited outside for 45 minutes before calling again. A man explained that he did not know we were coming, his wife was in town and that they were very busy people! He rushed to open his store but he would not even offer us a paid tasting. My grandchildren did not get to see the goats or the sheep and he seemed thouroughly bothered by our coming! We wasted a half day of our precious vacation time on this trap.

Thank Juniebug51
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Reviewed 5 June 2013

We paid $20 ($10 per person) for the cheese tasting and then purchased some cheese that we liked. The "tastings" covered 6 different cheeses of increasing potency, but the portions were very small -- somewhere between a crumb and a small sliver. A couple of the cheeses were excellent; but others were not that special. The tasting fee was not applied to the price of our purchase. The cheese is good but it can be purchased at the weekend Walla Walla Farmers Market without paying the exorbitant initiation fee. Do not drive the 70 miles round trip from Walla Walla to visit this place.

2  Thank SenorGregorio
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Reviewed 11 April 2013

We tried to book a few nights at the Gite but it was already reserved. So we stopped by just to say "Hi" since our kids love the farm so much. Joan and Pierre-Louis graciously allowed us to look around and showed us what was going on at the farm. The baby goats were being weaned as they were almost 3 months old, and the baby sheep were also fun to watch. Inside their farmhouse they were beginning to make cheese as they were pressing the whey out of the curds.

We definitely intend to come again for a few nights at the Gite. Joan and Pierre-Louis practice a simpler way of life than most of us are used to, and they run their farm sustainably and clearly with a love of what they do!

Thank desertappa
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Reviewed 24 September 2012

My husband and I had the $10.00 per person cheese tasting. It was a bit on the pricey side. However, the cheese is all hand crafted from their own goats and sheep milk. The taste is INCREDIBLE! And the tastes will linger in your mouth for a good while. Even with that said, I thought the portions were a bit on the small side. If you are a person who values big portions over big taste; this place isn’t for you!

Thank Cheryl M
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Reviewed 28 June 2012

My wife and I Just returned from a two day farm stay at the Gite, the guest house on the property, and the two-day cheese making class. This was one of the more unique and enjoyable experiences we have had. People talk about the joys of un-plugging from daily life but this experience is about plugging-in to a completely different lifestyle and experience for most people and feeling the rhythm of life on a farm.

To start, they make fantastic cheeses and on our arrival Joan prepared a tasting plate of their cheeses, armed us with a bottle of wine and we headed out to the table in their new outdoor kitchen where we were immediately welcomed in by Joan, Pierre-Louis and some of their friends who were testing out the new wood-fired pizza oven. The immediate feeling is that you are not just guests, you become part of the family while you are there.

The Gite was great and the fridge was stocked with eggs from the farm, the most amazing bacon from the pigs they raise, hand-churned butter, and old-style glass milk and cream bottles with fresh Goat/Sheeps milk (never tried it before and the freshness and faint hint of straw was amazing) and cream.

The cheese making class was a fascinating way to really understand what it takes to produce "real" cheeses and an appreciation for the hand-crafting and art involved. We opted both days for the farm-lunch which is really a mid-day farm dinner made by Joan and served family style at the table in their home, accompanied by a glass or two of wine, before heading back to complete the afternoon cheese-making.

And all of this accompanied by the welcoming graciousness and engaging conversations of Joan and Pierre-Louis.

Highly recommend this if you are looking for a unique experience.

Thank Clark B
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