Tours are available at two of our facilities; our chalet-style production plant in Monroe, Wisconsin and our curing caves in Kaltbach, Switzerland.
Our chalet-style plant in Monroe, Wisconsin manufactures specialty cheeses Monday through Friday and on occasional Saturdays. Our viewing hall allows you to observe the cheesemaking process, and is open to the public. It is recommended that larger groups call ahead to the Alp and Dell retail store (connected to our plant) to reserve a date and time: 608-328-3355. Tony, the proprietor of the store, is generally available to host larger tour groups. We also recommend checking out the Historic Cheesemaking Center in Monroe for more information about the long-standing cheesemaking traditions in Green County: 2108 6th Avenue, Monroe, Wisconsin 53566, tel: 608-325-4636
Our Wisconsin cheesemakers get an early start to their day, so the best times to catch some action in the viewing hall are from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Tony offers guided tours Monday - Friday at 10:00 am and Saturday at 11:00 am.
The Alp & Dell Store and Emmi Roth USA Viewing Hall Hours:
|Monday - Friday||9:00 am - 6:00 pm|
|Saturday||9:00 am - 5:00 pm|
|Sunday||10:00 am - 5:00 pm|
We are closed on New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The KALTBACH cave lies on the edge of the idyllic Wauwiler Moor in Lucerne canton. In the past, local farmers stored their produce and equipment in the region's caves. Today the extensive subterranean maze of tunnels winds deep into the Santenberg and is used to store and mature cheese.
The cave is used to store mainly Emmentaler and Gruyère. The cheeses are specially selected from the 10 best cheese dairies in Switzerland. Before ageing the young cheeses have a golden-yellow rind. In the months that follow they are looked after in the cave until they reach optimum ripeness.
Visit our sandstone cave in Kaltbach and experience the world of cave-aging first hand. Visitations take place on a regular basis and are rounded off with an attractive cheese buffet. Seats are limited.
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