400 litres of milk for 1 wheel of cheeseTo make one wheel of cheese weighing 35 kg, around 400 litres of fresh raw milk are needed. The cows that provide this precious raw material spend the summer feeding on meadow grass, and the winter feeding on hay. No additives to the cows’ diet are permitted. During the long aging period, the cheeses are regularly turned over and rubbed with brine, which accelerates the aging process from the rind inward, and helps to give Gruyère AOC its unique flavour. The AOC label (appellation d’origine contrôlée / protected designation of origin) guarantees that only cheese that meets the strict quality control requirements and relevant specifications can be sold as Gruyère AOC.
Pleasure at many levelsGruyère AOC belongs on every cheese platter. It makes an excellent dessert cheese, a tasty snack with crispy bread, and can be used in all manner of dishes. And of course, a genuine fondue always contains some Gruyère AOC!
La Maison du Gruyère a PringyA visit to the “house of Gruyère” is an experience for all the senses. Sounds from nature, and the fragrant scent of alpine meadows and of hay, accompany you as you venture into the world of Gruyère AOC. You can watch the cheese makers at work, of course, in the dairy; sample authentic Gruyère AOC specialities in the restaurant, with its terrace; and buy cheese from the shop, along with other specialities and gifts from the region.
Tel. +41 (0)26 921 84 00,
Summer cheese hikeDiscover the glorious natural landscape of the Gruyères region on a two-hour hike from Pringy to Moléson-Village (or viceversa). The hike links two cheese dairies; visit both to receive a souvenir certificate.
Tel. +41 (0)26 921 85 00,
Les Martel cheese dairyThe show-dairy at Les Ponts-de-Martel demonstrates the making of Gruyère AOC, and offers tastings. Cheese lovers can watch an informative film on the production and aging of Gruyère AOC, followed by a hearty breakfast.
Tel. +41 (0)32 937 16 66,