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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 Alpe 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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Winner’s Trip – Episode 1

They arrived more or less on time at Zurich Airport on Tuesday, June 12, between 9 and 11 am: Shelley Lewis (The Cheese Lady), Evan Talen (Aperitivo), and John Nava (Sigonas) – the winners of the Adopt-an-Alp contest 2017. Shelley Lewis, Evan Talen, Caroline and John Nava at Zurich Airport. The Ski-jump facility in Einsiedeln, just across the Milch Manufaktur. We went straight to the little town of Einsiedeln in…

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The Alps are ready for the winners

We are in the Bernese Alps, above the village of Adelboden, just one day before the three winners of the Adopt-an-Alp-Contest land at Zurich Airport. After a four hour hike we can confirm that the Alp meadows are ready. We found an abundance of flowers, herbs and grass. Here are just a few: On the slopes up to Tschentenalp (6,400 ft.), 2000 ft. above Adelboden.   The firs are sprouting….

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Alpage and Raclette Imbrig

As soon as all the animals were up on Alp Imbrig, Ruedi Jordi started to make the first batches of Alpage and Raclette. The milk is in. The equipment is ready. The filter system. The smaller cauldron is used for raclette. Ruedi works on the curd… …until it is ready. The curd is put into the molds… The curd is pressed, here simply with rocks put on the lids. The…

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At last the cows are on Laui

Whereas the goats have enjoyed the Alp Laui meadows for a few days the cows finally made it up there on Monday. Despite the long hike they moved with a good pace. On Tuesday Wisel Fassbind started to make the first Alpage Laui of 2018. The long hike… … …Alp Laui comes into sight. …and finally… …the trek is over. The goats have grazed on Laui for the last few…

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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."