OBWALDEN

Introduction

Come explore the canton of Obwalden with us and discover the beautiful artisanal cheeses made in this canton. But let’s start by understanding what makes Obwalden so special.

Our Discoveries in Obwalden

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WELCOME TO THE FIRST GOURMET BOX: November 2021 Edition

SELECTED BY L'ATELIER DU FROMAGE Welcome! We are excited to kick off our first Gourmet Box by Drink Moi with the Altesse du Coin by Domaine de la Mermière - a limited production, boutique wine, paired with Swiss artisanal cheeses that melt perfectly! Be sure to watch the exclusive wine tasting video hosted by our ... Read more

WELCOME TO YOUR APÉRO BOX FEATURING NIDWALDEN – NOVEMBER 2021

Welcome! We have a delightful selection of artisanal cheeses that we discovered on our road trip through canton Nidwalden.  Our Apéro Box for November features two specialties - one that is bold, nutty, and complex and one that is tender, mild and creamy.  Both pair beautifully with the Cabernet Jura Blanc de Noir from Weingut ... Read more

ON FIRE WITH OUR GOURMET BOX BY DRINK MOI!

November 2021 Edition:  Cheeses perfect for melting Welcome! Bienvenue! Willkommen! To the debut Gourmet Box by Drink Moi and L’Atelier du Fromage. It’s great to host you on this new epicurean journey. Our first Box is on fire: it’s the Melting Cheese Box! The perfect antidote as summer bids farewell and the leaves begin their ... Read more

ENTICE YOURSELF WITH ARTISANAL CHEESES AND WINE FROM UNTERWALDEN!

Introduction Our November Box featuring Unterwalden is one not to miss!  We traveled to the heart of Switzerland to Nidwalden explore the cheese dairies and taste their house-made specialties.  As always, it is a difficult decision which artisanal cheese discoveries we will present in our Box. If you love wine with your cheese, enhance your ... Read more

A TOAST TO AUTUMN WITH OUR NOVEMBER APÉRO BOX

Hello Cheese and Wine Lovers! This November we will delve into a very small but delightful region. We are talking about one of the three primitive cantons of the former Swiss Confederation, formerly called Unterwalden and today made up of the cantons of Obwalden and Nidwalden. This month we want to bring you one of ... Read more

DISCOVER THE ARTISANAL CHEESES OF OBWALDEN

Introduction We have a special surprise for our December Box! Two wonderful cheese dairies from the canton of Obwalden, one of which is a winner of the Swiss Cheese Awards! Our Box for December 2018 Raclette Paprika Raclette Weisswein Seiler Käserei, OW Fromagerie Seiler has won several Swiss Cheese Awards for their raclette and again ... Read more

VISITING THE CHEESE DAIRIES OF OBWALDEN

Introduction The mountains of central Switzerland and the canton of Obwalden offer a unique soil for milk production. Moreover, these mountains are an ideal environment for the production and maturing of fine artisanal cheeses. Come and discover the cheese dairies of Obwalden that we have chosen to include in our December box. Seiler Käserei, OW ... Read more

Overview of the Canton

Capital:  Sarnen

Land Area:  490.58 km2

Population:  37’575 inhabitants (December 2017)

Admission to the Swiss Confederation: 1291 (founding member)

Language:  Swiss German

Historical Facts

Unterwalden was a founding canton of the Helvetic Confederation around 1291 with Schwyz and Uri. Unterwalden was composed of two half-cantons.  Obwalden (Unterwalden ob dem wald) meaning “ob dem Wald above the forest”, and Nidwalden (Unterwalden nit dem wald) meaning “nit dem Wald under the forest”.

The half-cantons developed independently with different political agendas, which led them to be recognized in separate cantons. In the 14th century, Unterwalden was divided into Obwalden and Nidwalden.

During the 15th century, the White Book of Sarnen was created. It is a collection of medieval manuscripts from the 15th century which indicated the chronology of events, treaties, and alliances between the cantons of the former Confederation. Among the events described is the earliest reference to the national hero, William Tell. This document was created and stored in the Obwalden cantonal archives in Sarnen. The paper used to create The White Book of Sarnen was an expensive white parchment which the manuscript is named after. The White Book of Sarnen is of great historical importance and serves as a reference to determine the origins of the Swiss Confederation.

The Legend of William Tell

William Tell is a Swiss national hero who was an excellent crossbowman. Tell defied the House of Habsburg and then murdered Albrecht Gessler (a tyrannical bailiff of the Duke of Habsburg). Tell’s tyrannicide led to a popular rebellion and a pact against foreign rulers with Uri, Schwyz, and Unterwalden. This marks the foundation of the Swiss Confederation.

A story in the legend further explains that Tell and his son (Walter) went to Altdorf, Switzerland. At that time, Albrecht Gessler was the newly appointed Austrian bailiff in Altdorf. Gessler, who wanted to exercise his power over the people, raised a pole and hung his hat. Gessler demanded that the people bow to his hat, but when Tell passed by, he refused to bow. Tell and his son were immediately arrested, but rather than being immediately executed, Gessler had another plan. Gessler heard of Tell’s excellent shooting and devised a cruel punishment. Tell could redeem his life if he cut an apple off his son’s head in one attempt. Tell split the apple with a single arrow from his crossbow. But Gessler noticed that Tell had taken two arrows from his quiver. When asked why, Tell admitted that if he had killed his son, the second shot would have been used to kill Gessler. Gessler, exasperated, ordered that Tell be imprisoned for the rest of his life. They boarded a boat to take Tell to the dungeon in Küssnacht. However, there was a storm on Lake Lucerne, and Tell escaped with Gessler in pursuit. Tell finally murdered Gessler with the second arrow of his crossbow. This was the act that triggered the rebellion and the formation of the Swiss Confederation.

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