Introduction :

We are always amazed at the beauty of Switzerland even in the rain.  We cannot always choose the weather when we plan our visits, but we dodge raindrops and try to capture the essence of the region through our lens.

The cantons Appenzell Ausserrhoden and Appenzell Innerrhoden were green and gorgeous even though the skies were cloudy and grey.  We enjoy a moment of nature by stopping briefly to watch the cows and sheep graze in their lush pastures.  Then we set off to discover the cheese dairies of these regions.

Our Discoveries in Appenzellerland

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  • Cheese
  • Cheese Dairy
  • Selection of the Month
  • Wine


Introduction Treat yourself or someone special with a gift of Swiss artisanal cheeses this holiday season. We love to end the year on a high note!  Our December 2021 Box features the “Best Of” cheeses and wine we discovered on our travels across Switzerland from the prior year (2020). This month we are taking you ... Read more


Introduction We traveled across Switzerland from canton Neuchâtel to Appenzellerland to search for unique cheeses only found in this region – some of them have won several Swiss Cheese Awards! We are pleased to present to you the artisanal cheeses that we have selected for our March 2020 Box. Our Box for March 2020 Urnäscher ... Read more


Introduction : The cantons of Appenzell Innerrhoden and Appenzell Ausserrhoden are celebrated for their great Appenzeller cheese, which is well-known and available across Switzerland and internationally.  We wanted to go beyond what is known to discover the unique artisanal cheeses and house specialties of the small producers in this region.  This is where we find something rare ... Read more

Overview of the Canton Appenzell Ausserrhoden

Capital:  Herisau

Land Area:  242,84 km2

Population:  55 234 (décembre 2018)

Admission to the Swiss Confederation: 1513

Language:  Swiss German

Overview of the Canton Appenzell Innerrhoden

Capital:  Appenzell

Land Area:  172,48 km2

Population:  16 145 (décembre 2018)

Admission to the Swiss Confederation: 1513

Language:  Swiss German

Appenzeller Cheese

Appenzeller cheese is a spicy, hard cheese made with raw cow’s milk according to an old traditional recipe developed over 700 years ago.  The herbal brine used to rub the cheese is a well-kept secret because it infuses a distinct flavor that cannot be duplicated. The cheese originates from Appenzell in north-eastern Switzerland near Liechtenstein.  Today the cheese is only produced in Appenzell Innerhoden, Appenzell Ausserrhoden, and parts of St-Gallen and Thurgau according to strict rules.

Appenzeller cheese has 3 classifications based on age. Each variety is unique and delicious!

  • Classic is aged 3 to 4 months
  • Surchoix is aged 4 to 6 months
  • Extra is aged 6 months or longer

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