La Maison du Gruyère
La Maison du Gruyère is a cheese factory and show dairy, right next to the railway station of the pretty medieval town of Gruyères. Visitors can learn about cheese-making in an interactive exhibition, watch the process and taste products.
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Meet La Maison du Gruyère
La Maison de Gruyère, which means 'The home of Gruyère', is a cheese factory and show dairy where 'Le Gruyère AOP' is made. It’s named after the district La Gruyère in the canton of Fribourg, not to be confused with the medieval town of Gruyères with an 's'. The production of cheese in this region can be traced back to the 12th century. Back then, local inhabitants already turned their herds’ milk into cheese, which was sold even in France and Italy. Knowledge and techniques improved over the centuries. The Gruyère cheese was granted the AOP label in 2011, which stands for 'Protected Designation of Origin' and ensures the protection of goods and their origin. Ever since, it’s called 'Le Gruyère AOP'.
This is what a visit to La Maison du Gruyère looks like
You’ll probably want to start your visit with a 30-45 minutes’ tour through the interactive exhibition. You’ll be given a headset with audio information, available in no less than 13 languages. This allows you to learn about the region, the cow herds and their farmers and the cheese-making process. From the gallery, you’ll be able to look down into the actual factory, where cheese makers are turning 2 deliveries of fresh regional milk into about 48 wheels of cheese each day. At the end of the tour, you can also take a peek in the huge cellar, where about 7,000 wheels of cheese are stored.
If you’ve become hungry during your visit, you can sit down in the restaurant for lunch or dinner. Lots of regional and Swiss dishes are served, and of course many of those feature Le Gruyère AOP. You can choose from fondues, quiches, rösti, risotto and many more meals. You can also take along cheese, fondues, cream, butter, sweets and other local and Swiss products from the shop.
Add other activities to your trip to La Maison du Gruyère
The medieval town of Gruyères can be reached in a 15-minute hike from the cheese factory. You can visit the castle there, or enjoy even more Swiss delicacies in tea rooms and confectioneries. The chocolate factory of Maison Cailler in nearby Broc can be visited too.
When traveling to Gruyères, you can use Golden Pass trains if you like. A ride with the Chocolate Train from Montreux is an option too. Find all options here.
If you’re interested in the region’s historical connection to dairy, you may want to walk (part of) the dairy and cheese hiking route.