If you’re into your cheeses, the Savoie region of France may be just for you

Cheeses from Savoie are known to awaken all of your senses – a real treat for cheese fans!

What are the Savoie Cheeses?

  • Abundance – light nutty flavour
  • Beaufort – fruity fragrance and delicate aromas, essential in many recipes such as Savoyard fondue. Find out more about Beaufort cheese
  • Chevrotin – goat’s cheese with a full flavour
  • Emmental de Savoie – often consumed grated and one of the components of the famous cheese fondue
  • Raclette de Savoie – its particularly soft and creamy texture make it ideal for melting
  • Reblochon – produced above 500m including in the resorts of Le Grand Bornand, La Clusaz and Thones. Eaten all year round but particularly into the spring and summer
  • Tamie – made by Trappist monks in the Abbey of Tamie for 900 years, it has a subtle fruity taste
  • Tome des bauges – a rustic cheese, ideal for taking on a mountain walk
  • Tomme de Savoie – a very old cheese that farmers used to make in the winter while the cows were in the barn, today there are all kinds, each with its own taste and aroma

Cheese Attractions in the Savoie Region

Cooperative Laitiere de Haute-Maurienne Vanoise

  • Outlets include Fromagerie Aussois and Fromagerie Termignon
  • Selling Beaufort and Bleu de Bonneval
  • Find out more at http://www.coophautemaurienne.fr (in French)

Beaufortain Cooperative Dairy

  • With 400m2 exhibition space with guided tours, sensory displays and tastings to teach visitors all about the history and production of Beaufort cheese
  • As well as selling Beaufort cheese online, the Cooperative also has its very own cheese vending machine!
  • Find out more at http://www.cooperative-de-beaufort.com (in French)

Ladroit farm, Saint-Michel de Maurienne

  • This farm is open to visitors who want to see the process starting with the cow all the way through to the end product
  • A variety of cheeses can also be purchased

Pré Clos farm, Valloire

  • Discover milking and dairy product production at a working farm

Savoie Cheese - Did you know…

  • Perfect to eat on any occasion – at the end of a meal, during a picnic, as an appetizer, in a sandwich, for cooking – both for traditional dishes such as tartiflette, fondue, Berthoud and in non-traditional recipes
  • Naturally healthy – high in calcium, amino acids and fatty acids
  • Great diversity in taste and aroma – and not by chance! Every step of the process is carefully planned including the type of grass eaten by the cows that produce the milk
  • Flavours and textures can even vary across the seasons
  • Strict manufacturing methods are adhered to – including the use of traditional materials and ancestral practices

Top Savoyard Cheese Tips…

  • Keep the cheese in its original paper for optimal taste
  • Store the cheese in the lower part of your fridge
  • Remove required amount of cheese from the fridge 30 minutes before you intend to eat it
  • Uncooked pressed cheeses such as Tome des Bauges, Tomme de Savoie, Chevrotin and Reblochon de Savoie have a short ripening period
  • Semi-cooked pressed cheeses such as Abondance and cooked cheeses such as Beaufort and Emmental de Savoie can be stored for several months