Each country is marked by prejudices in the collective unconsciousness. Switzerland will not have you make jokes on its banks, watches, chocolate, ski and obviously cheese. Did you say cheese ? Swiss of course!
The Emmental is the valley of the Emme river in the region of Bern in the heart of Switzerland, this region is distinguished by sublime landscapes of wild beauty in an idyllic setting, bordered by hills, fields, forests and meadows where the silence leads the way. Its main cities are Berthoud and Langnau.
It is an agricultural region famous for its cheese which bears the same name and which has become a Protected Designation of Origin PDO.
The ancient and secular know-how is passed through the generations in this region which knew how to profit and preserve the richness of nature.
Walking through this region, we cross the flower farms that we call the queens of Emmental, where we cross peaceful cows grazing the grass and the abundant flowers in fields of intense green, surrounded by hills and wooded peaks. The richness of its terroir does not go unnoticed. Undoubtedly, you will stop by some places where you can taste its regional products.
The king of the Emmental region
If farms are the queens of Emmental, cheese is its king.
It is in this region that our factory stands proudly, more precisely in Gohl, Langnau.
With a long tradition, our cheese dairy was founded in 1830 as a cooperative for the production of Emmental, today it is managed by the fifth generation of the founding family. Several varieties of cheese are produced, hard, semi-hard and soft cheeses. The top of the line product is Emmental, but an excellent variety of gruyère cheese is also produced as well as goat cheese semi-hard and soft and the same variations for a cheese sheep.
All our cheeses are made with raw milk, the Swiss Cheese Company has federated a hundred farmers producing milk of the highest quality, they are all located nearby to deliver milk in a very short time. As soon as the milk arrives at the cheese factory, our cheese makers start making the cheese.
Once the production is finished, refinement begins and special care is given to each wheel, brushed, turned and inspected by master cheese-makers who have but one concern, to produce the best possible cheeses.
The refinement period depends on each variety of cheese, the classic Emmental PDO, has a maturation period of 4 months, that of the Reserve is 8 months and that of the extra is 12 months. For Gruyère this period varies between 5 and 18 months, the more it is refined the more it becomes salty and hard with a strong taste.
The origin of these holes comes from the fermentation process where the bacteria generate carbon dioxide bubbles held by the hard rind of the cheese.
Difference between Gruyère and Emmental
Like Gruyère which is a region in Switzerland, Emmental is also a region of alpine landscapes in the heart of Switzerland, both of which have given their names to their prestigious cheeses. While some people speak of Swiss Emmental to differentiate it from foreign imitations there is only one region of Emmental.
The Controlled Designation of Origin is a French certification system launched in 1935. It establishes standards for certain products that producers must respect in order to produce products bearing this name.
The CDO system aims at defining a product based on a geographical area, its typicality linked to the culture and local know-how well defined in a specification which establishes rules as to the way the product is developed and manufactured.
PDO is a European standard helping guarantee the places of origin of the products mainly in the food and very appreciated for the cheeses. PDO identity of origin of the land allows consumers to be informed at the best places of production of Swiss or European cheeses.