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 2018 there are 27 Alps to choose from. Check them out and learn about the people, the Alps, and their cheeses.

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Alp Malbun (SG), new
Owners: Margrit & Ueli Abderhalden
Cheeses: Alpkäse 2018, 2017 and 2016
Alp Fählen (AI), new
Owners: Sepp and Silvia Inauen
Cheeses: Alpkäse 2017 and 2018, Goat cheese 2018
Alp Schwägalp (SG), new
Owners: Werner Näf
Cheeses: Alpkäse 2018, 2017 and 2016
Alp Laui (SZ), new
Owners: Wisel and Bernadette Fassbind
Cheeses: Alpkäse 2018, 2017 and 2016
Alp Gummen (SZ), new
Owners: Martin Dobler
Cheeses: Alpkäse 2018 and 2017
Alp Emmetti (OW), new
Owners: Dres and Stephan Eberli
Cheeses: Alpkäse 2016, 2017 and 2018
Alp Urnerboden (UR)
Owners: Martin & Michaela Stadelmann, new
Cheeses: Alpkäse 2016
Alp Trosen (SG)
Owners: Jakob Knaus Jr. & Luzia, Jakob Knaus sr. & Rösli
Cheeses: Alpkäse 2017, organic
Alp Site (BE)
Owners: Simon & Nadja Santschi
Cheeses: Berner Alpkäse AOP 2016, Berner Hobelkäse AOP 2015
Alp Arnischwand (OW)
Owners: Urs & Ida Müller
Cheeses: Alpkäse 2016 and 2017, Trischtächäs 2017
Alp Parpan (GR)
Owners: Martin Lutz
Cheeses: Alpkäse 2016 und 2017
Alp Äbnistetten (LU)
Owners: Reto & Silvia Theiler-Steger, AaA since 2013
Cheeses: Alpkäse 2016 and 2017, Bratkäse 2017
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 2014 and 2015, Alpkäse 2016, Bratkäse
Alp Heuboden (GL)
Owners: Fritz & Anna Tschudi-Gwerder, AaA since 2015
Cheeses: Glarner Alpkäse AOP 2016
Alp Imbrig (LU)
Owners: Rudolf & Margrit Jordi, AaA since 2015
Cheeses: Alpkäse 2016 and 2017, Raclette
Alp Jänzimatt (OW)
Owners: Adrian & Heidi Riebli, AaA since 2016
Cheeses: Alpkäse, Niidlechäs, Full Moon Cheese, all 2017 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 2017, Schanfigger Witch 2018, Alpkäse with herbs 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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Another beautiful day

There are few Alps that offer a panoramic view into four countries, but Alp Malbun does: Besides Switzerland you can see into Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein. The fresh morning air. Another beautiful day with the view into the valley of the river Rhine. The sun sets on Alp Malbun.

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A series of unfortunate events

A bad moons seems to be rising on Ruosalp. Just days after a cow had to be put to sleep because of severe mastitis the Herger’s lost another animal. “We realized that one cow was very sick”, says Nina Baumann, the niece who studies to become a homeopathic veterinarian. “To me it seemed to be a severe case of bovine catarrhal feaver. We called the veterinarian and he confirmed the…

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Moving up the Klausen Pass

At the first full July weekend the animals left the Urnerboden and hiked to the higher meadows around the Klausen Pass where they will stay for about 7 weeks. It’s a long trip, first on the asphalt of the “Passstrasse”, then over dirt paths up to the pastures. The trek passes the Alp dairy on Urnerboden. The first part of the hike is rather flat. It reaches the Wilhelm Tell…

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The pink trek

As usual the pigs come last. Today they made the move to the “Oberstafel”, the highest meadows on Alp Heuboden. The early morning hours brought ideal weather: cool and the grass still wet from the rain the day before. Because pigs do not like the heat. As opposed to cows and heifers the pigs are in no hurry to move up the mountain. It needs a lot of helpers and…

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With the help of a helicopter

For the crew of Alp Heuboden it’s time to make the last step of transhumance: The move to the “Oberstafel”, far away from “civilization”. The animals – except for the pigs who will join later – hike to the pastures. For the rest, the dairy equipment, food, clothing etc. is brought by helicopter – a welcome help and part of the “modern times”. The snow has receded on Oberstafel, and…

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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."