Tessiner Alpkäse AOP

Ticino Alpkäse AOP

It is set apart by the specific properties of the alpine pasture flora and by the production methods. The Ticino Alps stand between 1,500 and 2,400 metres above sea level and are home to lots of very flavoursome and varied grass species. An alpine pasture can contain up to 250 different plant species, compared to a maximum of 20 on a valley pasture. It is precisely this variety of species – which can vary from alp to alp – that lends the cheese its exceptional, unique and distinctive flavour notes and aromas.

Type of cheese Semi-hard cheese
Milk processing Unpasteurised milk
Type of milk Cow’s milk
Full fat min. 45%
Lab-Type Animal rennet
Tolerability Glutenfree
Maturity 2 Month
Taste Aromatic, Mild
Labels AOP/IGP
Region Ticino
Season May-October
Loaf 3-10 kg

The Alpkäse (literally: alpine cheese) is generally viewed as the precursor to hard and semi-hard cheese. The first written proof that the use of the Alps was already deeply routed in rural society in Ticino.

  • Tessiner Alpkäse AOP
  • STEA
    Società Ticinese di Economia Alpestre
  • 6955 Cagiallo
  • +41 (0) 91 943 55 82