Check out the Sept Issue of Outlook Traveller for an article on Acres Wild Cheese by Brinda.  Printing the excerpt relating to Acres Wild Cheese here below……………….

Brinda Suri on Coonoor’s quiet cheese revolution
Move over Niligiri tea, Niligiri cheese is the current flavour of the quiet, blue hills. After Ooty and Kodaikanal cheese, the latest hill station to make cheese news is Coonoor.The tucked-away town unexpectedly held new meaning when a department store salesperson in Bedford, Upper Coonoor, asked whether I needed ‘hard or soft cheese’. Standard grocery shops don’t usually offer such options. A little probing revealed…………………………………… quite a variety in Colby, Gouda, Gruyère, Camembert, Havarti, Monterey Jack, etc.


I’m always sniffing around for fresh and natural-rind cheese, a subject of many a discussion courtesy my grandfather, a dairy specialist. I’ve relishedhis numerous cheese tales, the most delicious being those about his official bungalows with cellars full of cheese and I’ve always rued the fact that I wasn’t around then.

Acres Wild cheese, shares its name with the farm where it’s prepared. It’s also widely known as ‘Tina’s cheese’, a compliment to someone who started on a modest scale. It all began in 2006 when Tina Fonseca and her husband Mansoor Khan decided to move from the bustle of Bombay to the quiet of Coonoor. “The farm is largely our effort to shape a self-sustaining, organic lifestyle—to whatever degree that’s possible. So initially we kept cows for fertiliser, so came the milk and now the cheese,” says Mansoor, reflecting on a way of life far removed from his days under the arc lights. Yes, you do know him, as a film director who’s tasted success with blockbusters like QSQT, Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander and as co-producer of the latest hit Jaane Tu…


But today he would rather be associated with the Acres Wild concept of farming and its cheese which has built up a reputation with connoisseurs. The couple zealously logs in all experiences on their website which has become an interactive platform for those with similar interests.

Only select stores in Coonoor, Ooty and Coimbatore retail………….  The result is cheese that’s a must-buy on your next trip to the Nilgiris.

Tina & Mansoor Khan: No 1 Tiger Hill, Coonoor, Farm Address: 571, Upper Meanjee Estate, Kannimariamman Kovil Street, Coonoor;

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2 comments so far

C J Vikram

Just simply fantastic, I was searching the net for Gobar gas plant and I happened to chance upon your website, Great job on every front, I hope to visit you some day…All the very best…

C J Vikram

October 11th, 2008 at 8:11 am
urmila ranka

I am drastically searching for somebody who can teach me to make cheese……..a simple basic recipe and the ingredients needed i know its not tat easy but …..if we want to learn it we have too tats my way…….. can i have ur contact no…im in rajasthan in a remote village born and brought up in poona chennai jus come to the village and want to make use of the milk our cows r giving us…..
pls mail me as fast as possible……. thanks and yeah we too have a house in ooty and come for summer ………

November 25th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

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