LUCERNE

Welcome to the canton of Lucerne

Lucerne was one of the first cantons we explored when we launched L’Atelier du Fromage two years ago. Travel with us as we continue our adventures through Central Switzerland.

Our Discoveries in Lucerne

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WELCOME SPRING WITH OUR APÉRO BOX FROM LUCERNE!

Hello Cheese and Wine Lovers! After an intense winter, we all long for the arrival of Spring, its colors, energy, and sunshine. To welcome this season, we have chosen a region that for its architectural beauty and unparalleled views has become one of the favorite places in Switzerland: Lucerne. In addition to its beauty, it ... Read more

VISITING THE CHEESE DAIRIES OF LUCERNE

Introduction : We are thrilled to return to this beautiful canton which has a rich history of cheese making – this time it is a different cheese dairy from another region of this magnificent canton.  Take a look behind the scenes as we meet with the cheese maker and tell his story. Fläcke-Chäsi GmbH Beromünster ... Read more

DISCOVER THE ARTISANAL CHEESES OF LUCERNE

Our Box for March 2021 Salvatore Fläcke-Chäsi, LU This hard cheese is made from raw cow’s milk. It is matured for 10 to 12 months in a natural cellar. It has a strong taste of mushrooms, it has an earthy and bold character. This cheese can be enjoyed perfectly with a young, slightly tannic red, ... Read more

THE CHEESE DAIRIES OF LUCERNE

Käserei Kleinstein, LU The Schöpfer family is passionate about cheese making and has been running the Käserei Kleinstein since 2009. It is a family business. Albert and his son Silvio process the milk, make the cheeses and manage the sales, while Margrith, the mother, manages the administration. During our visit, we were not disappointed! The ... Read more

SELECTION OF THE MONTH – OCTOBER 2018

Our October Box is full of delicious surprises from two fantastic Lucerne cheese dairies. SELECTED BY L'ATELIER DU FROMAGE Our Box for October 2018 Pilatusblick Käserei Kleinstein, LU Käserei Kleinstein has revived an old traditional recipe from the time when nomads lived in the caves of Mount Pilatus. Pilatusblick is a hard, full-bodied cheese with ... Read more

Overview of the Canton

Capital:  Lucerne

Land Area: 1 493,51 km2

Population: 413 120 (December 2019)

Admission to the Swiss Confederation: 1332

Language:  Swiss German

The oldest European cheese

Sbrinz has a long history that claims to be Europe’s oldest cheese dating back to 1200 or earlier.  This cheese is produced exclusively in central Switzerland by 26 valley and alpine cheese dairies near Mount Pilatus.  The milk must originate from the region and it must be produced only by Swiss Brown Cows. After production, the cheese must be stored and matured in the area of origin in order to obtain the label AOP (Appellation d’origine protégée).

Sbrinz is an extra-hard cheese that requires a minimum of 16 months of maturing before it can be sold as Sbrinz. However, cheeses with a more pronounced taste are aged between 24 and 30 months.  The cheese can be broken into chunks, thinly sliced into curls, or grated as a finishing touch on pasta, risotto, or au gratin dishes, etc.

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