WELCOME TO THE CANTON OF VAUD
The canton of Vaud has the ideal terroir for cattle breeding where its lands stretch from the Jura mountains to the Central Plateau and the Alps. Given its long cheese-making tradition, the canton is considered a paradise for cheese lovers. It’s no wonder that Vaud cheese dairies have won so many Swiss cheese awards over the years. In fact, last year, Alpage La Bassine was crowned Swiss Cheese Champion 2018 for its Gruyère d’Alpage AOP. This cheese was the winner in all categories of 965 different cheeses!
We were thrilled to explore the region, meet the cheese dairies and taste their beautiful cheeses. We invite you to travel with us through the canton to discover all it has to offer!
Our Discoveries in Vaud
Overview of the Canton
Land Area: 3 211,94 km2
Population: 793 129 habitants (December 2017)
Admission to the Swiss Confederation: 1803
The Cheeses of Vaud
Coeur de Moudon, Tomme de Dizy, Cabochon, Bassinette, Sousbois, le Maréchal, Brigand du Jorat are some of them! There are hundreds of wonderful cheeses that are specialties of the canton of Vaud and certified as local products. Only three cheeses are PDO products – Gruyère, Etivaz, and Vacherin Mont-d’Or – which are based on old traditional recipes. However, many Vaud cheese dairies are developing new recipes that will delight the palate for a long time to come.
We are looking for these new specialties to feature in our box so that you can also discover these new tastes!
The Wines of Vaud
A canton known for its cheeses – and also for its wines! The canton of Vaud is the second-largest producer of wine in Switzerland. In fact, about a quarter of the country’s wines are produced in the canton of Vaud. White wines predominate here, which are fresh and fruity, mainly from the Chasselas grape. The red wines produced in smaller quantities are made from the Pinot Noir and Gamay grapes. Vaud’s long history of viticulture is beautifully illustrated by the wine terraces of Lavaux, located on the steep shores of Lake Geneva and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
We believe (and we hope you will agree!) that cheese and wine from the Vaudois region are a perfect match!
Follow our next Blog to learn more about the wonderful cheese dairies we discovered in the canton of Vaud!