“Quesos La Junta” is locally owned and operated by Christian Gallardo and his wife Orieta Castro. With the help of Chile West manager Chris Price’s in-laws who are employees of the farm, they make a type of cheese called “Chanco”, a mild, white cheese. Using cow’s milk from critters right there on the farm, they also produce a variety of flavors including red pepper, garlic, chive and oregano.
They started making cheese around five years ago and now their product is sold regionally. From La Junta, south to Coyhaique, you can buy their cheese in various locally owned supermarkets. To the north, in the 10th region, they distribute to the towns of Futalefu, Palena, Santa Lucia and sometimes Puerto Montt.
As we head south on the Carretera, we like to stop in, show our guests around, visit with friends and family, and pick up some cheese! It’s great for appetizers and sandwiches, for melting on scrambled eggs and for just cutting off a good ol’ slice of cheese. We need not mention it goes great with a glass of Chilean red wine!