The Gruyère AOP owes its characteristic delicacy and flavour to the top quality raw milk produced by cows fed on grass in the summer and hay in winter, coupled with the skill of the master-cheesemakers.
No less than 400 litres of fresh milk are needed to produce a single wheel weighing around 35kg.
During the slow maturation process, which takes several months in special cheese cellars, the wheels are turned regularly and rubbed down with salty water. The maturing process lasts between five and 18 months.
The humidity and rind washing process develops the characteristic appearance of the cheese and assists in bringing the cheese into full maturity.
This is what gives Le Gruyère AOP its famous, distinct flavour. It’s no great surprise that this authentic gift of nature is appreciated by cheeselovers throughout the world.
Each cheese is systematically identified by the number of the mould and code of the cheese dairy. The day and month of production are also noted on the wheel. These black markings are made with casein, the cheese protein. No artificial additives are involved here either.
From this time on, the name «Gruyère AOP» and the code of the production facility appears on the heel of each wheel of Gruyère AOC as an effective way of preventing fakes and guaranteeing authenticity. This technique employs branding irons, which give an indentation in the wheel. It is this marking that makes it possible to identify and trace each individual cheese.
Le Gruyère AOP takes pride of place on any cheese platter. It makes for a delicious desert and can be used in tasty warm dishes. What’s more, no real fondue would be complete without genuine Gruyère AOP.