The longest-established artisan cheesemaker in Wales, Caws Teifi’s co-founder John Savage-Onstwedder is regarded as the ‘Godfather’ of Welsh artisan cheesemaking. The company began in 1982, when John and Patrice Savage-Onstwedder and Paula van Werkhoven moved to Wales from Holland with a dream of organic farming. They soon set about making artisanal cheese using raw milk and local ingredients, and have gone on to become the most highly awarded cheesemakers in Britain. Their cheeses have won numerous first prizes and gold medals at The Royal Welsh Show, The Nantwich Show, The British Cheese Awards and The World Cheese Awards – and their ‘Celtic Promise’ is one of only two cheeses in Britain to have been awarded the title of Supreme Champion twice at the British Cheese Awards.
In 2009, their creamy Saval won the The James Aldridge Memorial Trophy for the Best British Raw Milk Cheese – the highest accolade in British artisan raw milk cheesemaking. Caws Teifi has truly put Welsh cheesemaking on the world map – and John credits the lush Welsh pastures with creating cheeses of such distinction.
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