If you enjoy cheese and wine then make a trip to Cuculo on Heathfield High Street, where there has been a food business since the mid-70s.
Guided by Cinzia’s passion for cheese, and with between 100 and 200 listings at any time, Cuculo is one of the UK’s best cheesemongers.
Of equal standing is James’s portfolio of single-estate Italian wines. The list is carefully curated to reflect the country’s esoteric brilliance.
The range is supported by a fabulous selection of cured meats, chocolates and other small luxuries such as speciality teas and coffees. We are proud, too, of our friendly, knowledgable service.
Local and national delivery is available.
Cinzia Long is a whirlwind. She spent her life until her mid-20’s living in the dramatic scenery of the Italian Alps.
As well as food and wine she loves skiing and the outdoors, and is a doctor in Forestry and Environmental Science from the University of Torino.
It is Cinzia’s vision, drive and quest for perfection that have shaped Cuculo, and its reputation, to be the quality business it is today.
James grew up in Guildford and Royal Tunbridge Wells, before working in Italy as a walking and cycling tour guide. That is where his deep interest in Italian wine, which was to become Cuculo, was born.
As well as wine, James loves great food and outdoor activities. He walks, runs, skis, cycles and is an unapologetic Italophile.
Drawing together all his interests, in 2017 James designed a portfolio of active holidays in the Italian wine regions, which you can book through MacNay Travel and Wine.
Actor, watchmaker, butcher – more diverse a background than Andrew’s is hard to find. Andrew is the shop’s Assistant Manager. Qualified to Level 3 in Food Safety, he is responsible for the food safety systems which underpin the business.
Charlie, with his training as a saxophonist, adds to the eclecticism of the people who make up Cuculo. You can guess by the way he loves talking about food and wine, and his specific knowledge of Italian cuisine, that one side of his family is from Piemonte.
Carolyn has worked at Cuculo, in its various incarnations, for 40 years. She handles everything thrown at her with aplomb, and at at the same time looks after a conveyor belt of children and grandchildren. Carolyn loves food in all its forms, and visits Italy and France at least once a year.
Jackie is Mum to James, Mother-in-Law to Cinzia, Grandmother to Carlo, and loves working in the shop. She especially enjoys the products and the time with customers. Jackie also doubles as our book-keeper, so she can’t say she’s not kept busy enough!