Adopt an Alp in Switzerland and support the transhumance movement, moving the livestock from one grazing ground to another, and get some delicious and healthy cheeses in the fall!
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Which Alp should I adopt?

In 2019 there are 29 Alps to choose from. Check them out and learn about the people, the Alps, and their cheeses.

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Alp Charetalp (SZ), new
Owners: Erich and Sandra Betschart-Imhof
Cheeses: Goat and Sheep Alpage 2019
Alp Musenalp (UR), new
Owners: Sepp Herger and Andrea Gysin
Cheeses: Alpkäse 2019
Alp Malbun (SG)
Owners: Margrit & Ueli Abderhalden
Cheeses: Alpkäse 2019
Alp Fählen (AI)
Owners: Sepp and Silvia Inauen
Cheeses: Alpkäse 2019 and 2018, Goat cheese 2019
Alp Schwägalp (SG)
Owners: Werner Näf
Cheeses: Alpkäse 2018, 2017 and 2016
Alp Laui (SZ)
Owners: Wisel and Bernadette Fassbind
Cheeses: Alpkäse 2019, 2018, and 2017
Alp Gummen (SZ)
Owners: Martin Dobler
Cheeses: Alpkäse 2019
Alp Urnerboden (UR)
Owners: Martin & Michaela Stadelmann
Cheeses: Alpkäse 2018
Alp Trosen (SG)
Owners: Jakob Knaus Jr. & Luzia, Jakob Knaus sr. & Rösli
Cheeses: Alpkäse 2019, organic
Alp Site (BE)
Owners: Simon & Nadja Santschi with Lionel (9 months)
Cheeses: Berner Alpkäse AOP 2018, Berner Hobelkäse AOP 2017
Alp Arnischwand (OW)
Owners: Urs & Ida Müller
Cheeses: Alpkäse 2017, 2018, 2019, Trischtächäs 2018, 2019
Alp Parpan (GR)
Owners: Co-op Alpkäserei Parpan, Cheesemaker Basil Imlig
Cheeses: Alpkäse 2018
Alp Äbnistetten (LU)
Owners: Reto & Silvia Theiler-Steger, AaA since 2013
Cheeses: Alpkäse 2018 and 2019, Bratkäse
Alp Berglialp (GL)
Owners: Heinrich & Ursi Marti-Kamer, AaA since 2016
Cheeses: Alpkäse 2016 and 2017
Alp Bleiki (NW)
Owners: Paul & Agnes Barmettler, AaA since 2013
Cheeses: Alp Sbrinz AOP 2017, Alpkäse 2018 and 2019, Buochserhorn 2018
Alp Heuboden (GL)
Owners: Fritz & Anna Tschudi-Gwerder, AaA since 2015
Cheeses: Glarner Alpkäse AOP 2018
Alp Imbrig (LU)
Owners: Rudolf & Margrit Jordi, AaA since 2015
Cheeses: Alpkäse 2018 and 2019, Raclette, Alpage Goat 2019
Alp Jänzimatt (OW)
Owners: Adrian & Heidi Riebli, AaA since 2016
Cheeses: Alpkäse, Niidlechäs, Full Moon Cheese, all 2019 and all organic
Alp Sarganserland (SG, formerly Alp Kohlschlag)
Owners: Fredi Steiner (Cheese maker) & Hannes Ackermann (Alp master), AaA since 2013
Cheeses: Alpkäse 2017
Alp Maran (GR)
Owners: Walter Niklaus (Master cheese maker), AaA since 2013
Cheeses: Alpkäse 2018, Alpkäse 2019, Grottino 2018, Raclette
Alp Obern Galm (VS)
Owners: Raoul & Clemenz Wyssen, AaA since 2013
Cheeses: Alpkäse, Alpkäse with alpine herbs, pepper or garlic, Raclette, all 2017
Alp Pierrefeu (BE)
Owners: Alex & Caroline Oppliger, AaA since 2015
Cheeses: Gruyère AOP Alpage 2016
Alp Rainhütten (AI)
Owners: Beni & Theresia Hollenstein, AaA since 2015
Cheeses: Geisskäse (Goat) 2017
Alp Ruosalp (UR)
Owners: Max & Monika Herger, AaA since 2016
Cheeses: Alpkäse 2016 and 2017
Alp Satteleggli (BE)
Owners: Ernst & Theres Reichenbach, AaA since 2015
Cheeses: Berner Hobelkäse AOP 2013, 2015, 2016
Alp Steiners Hohberg (FR)
Owners: Karl Müller (Cheese maker), & Christian Stucki (Farmer), AaA since 2015
Cheeses: Alpkäse 2017, Vacherin Fribourgeois AOP 2017, Raclette
Alp Tompey (VD)
Owners: Florian & Mélanie Zjörien, New
Cheeses: Alpage L'Etivaz AOP 2016
Alp Wasserberg (SZ)
Owners: Gerold & Käthy Gwerder, New
Cheeses: Alpkäse 2017, Raclette, all organic
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Laurie Andrighetto is not only the cheesemonger at Bianchini’s Market in San Carlos and Portola Valley in California, she’s also a winner of the Adopt-an-Alp contest (2017) and therefore very familiar with (Alp-)Sbrinz AOP. Check her recent blog here. Together with Caroline she put up an event at her San Carlos store on Saturday, August 17. The customers did not only get tastes and the story behind Sbrinz from Caroline,…

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All good on Alp Gummen

For the second year Martin Dobler, formerly on Alp Parpan, is the cheesemaker on Alp Gummen at the foot of the impressive “Kleiner Mythen” peak. Due to the beautiful summer that was present over most parts of Europe he and his team had very busy times. “But the quality of the grass, of the milk was excellent throughout. And I’m also happy that our team works well together”, says Dobler….

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Open house on Urnerboden

Since the dairy is easy to access along the Klausen Passstrasse a lot of people showed up on the weekend as Urnerboden had its “Open House”. The visitors were shown around and received a lot of insight. And, of course, they could taste and buy. Open House on Urnerboden. Tour of the dairy. An event for young and old. The team celebrates the day with snuff tobacco! All what Urnerboden…

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Swift changes in weather

On Alp Steiners Hohberg the summer has been beautiful for most of the time. But like everywhere else on the planet the weather patterns have changed: After extremely hot days more and more powerful stormes cross the lands. Farmer Christian Stucki sent the videos with a rain and hail storm. A beautiful day on Steiners Hohberg. A calf enjoys the meadows. Hairdresser anyone? Clouds come up… … and the weather…

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Haying is done on Satteleggli

Per contract the Reichenbach family is allowed to hay on Satteleggli after August 5. Since the weather was great after some rain the fulfilled the task. Wonderful food for the cows in the winter.

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Testimonials

Read what past winners of the Adopt-an-Alp contest have to say

Galen LeGrand
Skagitvalley Food Coop,
Mount Vernon, WA
"What impressed me the most on this trip was the amount of tradition and dedication that is put into every ounce of cheese that comes out of the Alps. It was absolutely breathtaking and inspiring to see how much hard work is put into every step along the way, the high standard of quality. Now I know the whole story and can relate to that - and that's awesome. Thank you so much!"
Sylvia Sobocinski
Caseus,
New Haven, CT
"The Adopt-An-Alp trip was such an amazing experience that it’s hard to describe in a few words! We learned about Swiss Alpage cheese making and the traditions of transhumance from start to finish and tasted some of the most delicious cheeses I have ever had. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to meet so many generous people willing to share their passion and their craft, and I am excited to continue to be part of this wonderful program."