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 2017 there are 23 Alps to choose from. Check them out and learn about the people, the Alps, and their cheeses.

Alp Urnerboden (UR), new
Owners: Martin & Michaela Stadelmann, new
Cheeses: Alpkäse 2016
Alp Trosen (SG), new
Owners: Jakob Knaus Jr. & Luzia, Jakob Knaus sr. & Rösli
Cheeses: Alpkäse 2017, organic
Alp Site (BE), new
Owners: Simon & Nadja Santschi
Cheeses: Berner Alpkäse AOP 2016, Berner Hobelkäse AOP 2015
Alp Arnischwand (OW), new
Owners: Urs & Ida Müller
Cheeses: Alpkäse 2016 and 2017, Trischtächäs 2017
Alp Parpan (GR)
Owners: Martin Dobler & Patricia Schweizer, new
Cheeses: Alpkäse 2016 and 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 Krauchtal (GL)
Owners: Christoph & Sandra Marti, AaA since 2013
Cheeses: Raclette 2017, Rauchkäse (smoked) 2017
Alp Maran (GR)
Owners: Walter Niklaus (Master cheese maker) & Matthias Völkel (Cellar), AaA since 2013
Cheeses: Alpkäse 2017, Alpkäse with herbs 2017, Walserkäse 2017
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 Pragel-Bödmeren (SZ)
Owners: Toni & Vreni Holdener, AaA since 2015
Cheeses: Alpkäse 2016 and 2017, Suworow 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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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
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."

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