Our Story

Founder of Ancient Heritage Dairy, Paul Obringer, with his son Hank Obringer.

Our name Ancient Heritage Dairy takes its inspiration from centuries of artisan cheese making in France, Italy and Spain. We create award-winning cheeses that exemplify time-honored European methods while showcasing the finest of Oregon’s sustainable food heritage.

Founded by cheesemaker Paul Obringer, Ancient Heritage is now led by Paul’s son, Hank Obringer.  As sheep and dairy farmers for the better part of a decade, we understand the nuances of crafting high quality sheep and cow’s milk cheeses.  In 2015, we ended our farming days, restored an historic creamery building and opened a modern production facility in Southeast Portland.

With the collaboration of Portland’s nationally admired food community, we handcraft small batch cheeses that honor the venerable cheese-making traditions of old Europe.  We balance careful blending and thoughtful aging, producing cheeses with magnificent texture and unique flavor profiles. 

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Honoring the history of our creamery building 

In the early 1920’s, George W. Weatherly was already a well known and pioneering manufacturer, businessman, and philanthropist in Portland. As he was expanding his wholesale dairy business, he moved into this building on SE 7th and Main Street to manufacture ice cream, butter and cheese.

Based in the Weatherly Building, Ancient Heritage Dairy is Portland’s first urban creamery in decades.


 Our Cheeses