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Cheesemaking

In the country of Gruyère and AOC Vacherin Mont d’Or, the fire crackles under a big cauldron. With well-known circular movements, the cheesemaker divides the milk mass into wheat grain-sized particles. He then sinks a linen cloth into the cauldron and hauls up enough particles to make a thirty-kilo round of cheese.

So starts the famous AOC Gruyère making, craftsman made according to the tradition of the 17th century. To discover cheesemaking in a mountain chalet, followed by breakfast, is part of the highlights while visiting Vallée de Joux in the summer season. Our region has got around fifteen mountain chalets where more than 200 tons of Gruyère and other local specialties are made and sold during the summer.

In the beginning of autumn, when the herds leave the mountain and return to the valley, the cheese factories in Le Brassus, Le Solliat, Le Lieu, Le Séchey and Les Charbonnières start selling the first AOC Vacherin Mont d’Or of the season. This soft cheese is prepared during the whole winter and delights many enthusiasts when it over again fills up several maturing caves around Vallée de Joux.

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Cheese factories in Vallée de Joux:
Le Brassus: +41 21 845 55 62 
Le Lieu: +41 21 841 11 40 
Le Séchey: +41 21 841 11 62 
Les Charbonnières: +41 21 841 10 14 
Le Solliat: +41 21 565 61 71 (Automaton 24/24)

Cheesemaking mountain chalets open from June until September, from 07:30 to 11:00:
Les Grands Plats de Bise, Le Brassus +41 21 845 85 85 
Les Grands Plats du Vent, Le Brassus +41 21 845 40 05 
Praz-Rodet, Le Brassus +41 21 845 45 94 
La Moisette, Le Brassus +41 21 845 59 04 
Le Cerney, Le Brassus +41 21 845 67 57 
La Bursine, Le Brassus +41 21 845 64 19 
La Brutignière, Le Brassus +41 21 845 58 64 
Les Esserts, Les Charbonnières +41 79 607 51 28 
Les Amburnex, Le Brassus +41 21 845 61 95 
Le Pré de Bière, Le Brassus +41 21 845 50 65 
La Duchatte, Les Bioux +41 21 845 54 48
Le Bucley, Les Bioux +41 21 841 19 87 
Le Chalottet, Les Charbonnières +41 79 471 17 48 
Combe Noire, Le Lieu +41 21 845 48 91 
La Meylan de Dessus, Le Brassus +41 21 845 40 14
La Commune de Bise, Le Brassus +41 21 845 54 39

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