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The Chèvrerie d’Ozo Goat Farm near Durbuy, Belgium

By alison - July 16, 2013 (Updated: January 27, 2016)

This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series CheeseWeb Tastes Cheese.
Chèvrerie dOzo goat farm

Chèvrerie d’Ozo goat farm

The Chèvrerie d’Ozo is an Alpine goat farm in the Belgian Ardennes, producing a variety of delicious cheeses. Visitors can meet the goats and learn about the cheese-making process.

When people ask me the name of our website, the common response is “Oh, you write about cheese.” Well no, but I can see why they draw that particular conclusion. In fact, we’ve only written specifically about cheese once, and it wasn’t even cheese in Belgium.

Today, dear readers, I shall rectify this problem, by including three of my favourite things in one post: cheese, Belgium and… goats!

You probably didn’t know of my affinity for goats, but I just love the little guys. I also loooove the delicious cheese they produce. So when I learned of a goat farm, free to visit in Wallonia, I had to check it out.

The Chèvrerie d’Ozo is located just outside the town of Durbuy (and we already know there are plenty of reasons to visit Durbuy!) and offers self-guided tours of the facilities, lodging and camping space, and, of course a cheese shop.

For more than 25 years, the Chèvrerie d’Ozo has been raising Alpine goats. This breed hails from the French Alps and is known for its great milking ability. Ozo has about 200 goats, mostly females, for obvious reasons. Only about 10 Billy-goats are needed to maintain the herd.

Lots of happy ladies at the Chèvrerie dOzo near Durbuy

Lots of happy ladies at the Chèvrerie d’Ozo near Durbuy

In addition to being great milk goats, we discovered they were also very friendly and curious and were eager for a good head scratch.

Getting some goat love

Getting some goat love

While at the goat farm, we were able to watch several different groups of goats come through the barn for milking. It was fascinating how quickly and easily it happened and even better to see these ladies looking happy and relaxed – how we believe farm animals should be.

Heading into the milking room

Heading into the milking room
The are some seriously happy goats!

The are some seriously happy goats!

The farm produces 20 types of goat cheese, both fresh and aged. The aged goat cheeses can keep for up to two years.

The soft, fresh cheeses come plain or coated with a variety of herbs and spices: shallot, chives, pepper, nuts, rose, and more. I sampled a variety rolled in cracked peppercorns. The zing of the pepper paired perfectly with the light, creamy cheese and was perfect spread on a cracker.

Ozo soft goat cheese with cracked peppercorns

Ozo soft goat cheese with cracked peppercorns

The Chèvrerie d’Ozo is a great place to visit with children or if you are animal lovers, like us. But you don’t have to go to Wallonia to enjoy the wonderful cheeses. Ozo goat cheese is available in good cheese shops around Belgium. We found it in Rob the Gourmet shop, recently.

If you want to visit the on-site cheese shop (and hang out with the goats) it is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10 – 12.00 a.m. and 2 – 6 p.m. and every day during the school holidays.

Chevrerie D’Ozo
Ozo 25a
6941 Izier

Tel: +32 86 40 02 66

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Alison Cornford-Matheson is a Canadian freelance writer and travel photographer and the founder of Cheeseweb.eu. She is the author of The Foodie Guide to Brussels: Local Tips for Restaurants, Shops, Hotels, and Activities. Alison landed in Belgium in 2005 and, over the years, has become passionate about slow and sustainable travel, in Europe and beyond. She loves to discover hidden gems - be they museums, shops, restaurants, castles, gardens or landscapes, and share them through her words and photos. She is currently slow travelling through Europe in an RV, with her husband, Andrew, and two well-travelled cats. You can also follow her work on Google+
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4 comments

  1. Comment by Brittany Ruth

    Brittany Ruth July 16, 2013 at 09:37

    Was just in the Ardennes region (Bastogne) last week. Wish I would have know about this place, I absolutely love cheese lol and goat cheese! Thanks for sharing!

    -Brittany Ruth

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison

      Alison September 2, 2013 at 10:18

      There are plenty of wonderful cheeses scattered around Belgium but it can take a bit of detective work to find them. We’ll do our best to share any we find with you all 🙂

  2. Comment by Liga

    Liga August 31, 2013 at 20:46

    You can find Chèvrerie d’Ozo cheese every Sunday in the pl. Jourdan market (usually they are located behind Maison Antoine and they offer wide selection of cheeses and some meat) 🙂

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison

      Alison September 2, 2013 at 10:17

      That’s great news! Their cheeses are delicious 🙂

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