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 (UR), new
Owners: Erich and Sandra Betschard-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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“The last five weeks have passed quickly on Alp Heuboden. Quite a few wheels of Alpkäse have been produced, the pigs devoured gallons of whey and the cows have completely grazed and cleared the meadows on the “Mittelstafel”. So it was time to move our animals up to the “Oberstafel” (5600 ft. a.s.l.). On Wednesday, July 17, everything was finally ready. The helicopter flew the material up, the ‘Älpler’ drove…

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Pictures of a perfect morning

Ursi Marti-Kamer shot those pictures during the milking in the early morning, a perfect morning, she says.

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Problems with the “Mutschli”

Even in proven and modern dairy like the one on Alp Maran unexpected problems can occur. Master cheesemaker Walter Niklaus and his team realized that their “Mutschli”, the little cheeses of about 2 lbs, didn’t age as they used to. “Do to the use of the robot we had to move the ‘Mutschli’ into another cellar”, says Niklaus, “but obviously that room was too dry.” So they had to work…

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Scenes from a remote and secluded place

If you want to visit Fählen you need to be a good hiker. The Alp is located so remote and secluded in the eastern Swiss Alps that it can only be reached by a two hour strenuous walk. Being hidden also means that there’s only cell phone reception by random chance. Nevertheless Silvia Inauen has documented what has happened so far on Alp Fählen in the canton Appenzell Innerhoden. Heavy…

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Moving day

Pictures from Urnerboden and the move of the animals to the highest meadows along the Klausen Pass. The weather was not ideal The strongest cows march upfront. Who is tired after the hike? Meanwhile at the store… …and the dairy.

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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."