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Thursday 19 August 2021

Say cheese: a huge expansion in the Adelaide Hills

What began as a small family cheese-making business is set to expand to a multi-million dollar venue showcasing Adelaide Hills cheese, artisan foods and beer. 

Saul and Sheree Sullivan from Udder Delights - currently located on the main street of Hahndorf - have unveiled plans for a $2.5 million expansion in Verdun that aims to be open by December. 

The Grunthal Brewery and Bar property on the site of the former Grumpy's Brewhaus will include a casual restaurant, cheese cellar door, an artisan brewery specialising in lagers, and a “conservatory” for masterclasses. 

Grumpy's - a popular local hangout - was largely destroyed by fire in 2016. Now, five years later, it is being brought back to life thanks partly to a $275,000 state government grant.  

The Udder Delights business was started by Sheree's parents, Trevor Dunford and his late wife Estelle, as a goat cheese factory in Lobethal three decades ago. 

Nowadays, the Sullivans have customers Australia wide and their popular cheese-making classes are invariably sold out. I wrote my first story about them back in 2007 and they now have Japanese backers.

Udder Delights will relocate after outgrowing its Main Street venue. 

The name Grunthal was the original Prussian name of the hamlet of Verdun. 

Tourism experiences on-site will include cheese-making and brewing classes and flights; and a garden overlooking the Onkaparinga River. 

“We look forward to becoming part of an emerging cluster of high-quality venues that showcase some of the Adelaide Hills’ finest produce and strengthen the region’s reputation as a premier hospitality tourism area,” Sheree Sullivan old local media. 

She will manage the venue, including the restaurant, while husband Saul will oversee the brewery where daily brewing of craft IPAs, lagers and stouts will be the responsibility of experienced local brewer Kai Cook.


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