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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Latest from the blog

Winter is here

The animals are gone, after a short autumn winter has taken over at Alp Site, tucked in between the mighty Bernese Alps. Nadja and Simon Santschi still have a lot to do: Putting everything away for a safe winter, cleaning stables, barn, and the house. As a last event they hold the “Chästeilet” (cutting and serving the cheese) in September, in their room for weddings and other events they can…

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Homecoming of the goats

The first snow has reached Musenalp at the beginning of October. Whereas the cows have left the meadows three weeks ago it was time to go home with the goats as well. They hiked down at a brisk pace. The snow has reached the chalet on Musenalp. Even for the garden gnomes it has gotten too cold. The cows are long in their winter home. The decoration have been put…

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A total of five “Alpbabies” on Ruosalp

On Saturday, September 28, transhumance ended on Ruosalp as the Herger family and the rest of the animals hiked down to the valley. It has been another prosperous summer, and three more calves were born that had been conceived on the Alp, making it for a total of 5. On Sunday, Caroline was there when the newest baby was baptized “Alpenrose”.

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More praise for Alpage

We got more emails from satisfied and excited Adopt-an-Alp customers: Hello Caroline, I hope this finds you well. I just wanted to reach out and tell you how much we love our 2017 Alpkäse from Arni-Schwand Dairy!!! It’s such a beautiful wheel. Fruity, crystallized and complex. We will proudly be serving it on our cheese plates and share their story with our customers. Thank you for doing what you do!…

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Say goodbye to Urnerboden

At the end of September even the biggest Alp in Switzerland is empty. On Thursday the animals left Urnerboden and hiked down in direction Linthal. They passed the dairy and the shop which, of course, was open. Dairy and shop are open. Watching the cows and heifers pass.

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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."