World Cheese Award 2017
As every year, the World Cheese Award was held again in 2017, from November 17 through 19. The competition was held in London this year as part of the Taste of London event. With competitors from every continent and over thirty countries, over 3,000 types of cheese were surveyed and evaluated. This makes the World Cheese Award one of the largest cheese competitions, after the International Cheese Award in Nantwich. The trophy sponsored by Walo von Mühlenen for the best German cheese went to the Champignon cheese dairy in Lauben in Allgäu this year for its delicious blue cheese Montangolo Affinée. Besides the German cheese, the world champion was also selected, of course. This particular honor went to the Lynher cheese dairy from England this year, for its Cornish Kern cheese. This is a very flavorful hard cheese based on the Bergkäse from the Alps. Of course, affineur Walo von Mühlenen also entered the competition with his exquisite cheese styles. He won a total of six awards:
1 x Super Gold
- Emmentaler Switzerland AOP Extra, a hard cheese, aged 14 months, Emmentaler class
- Affineur Walo Le Gruyère Switzerland AOP extra, aged 14 months, AOP cheese class
- Gallus, a hard cheese from St. Gallen, aged 12 months, semi-hard cheese class
- Rotwein Bärgler, hard cheese with red wine, aged 12 months, hard cheese class
- Affineur Walo Le Gruyère Switzerland AOP extra, aged 14 months, Gruyère class
- Gallus, a hard cheese from St. Gallen, aged 12 months, hard cheese class
Traditional Swiss cheese from the von Mühlenen family
The von Mühlenen family has been serving Swiss cheesemaking for nearly two centuries. With the accession of Walo von Mühlenen as director in 1996, the traditional family cheese dairy entered its fifth generation of family ownership. Affineur Walo is especially passionate about consistent quality of the cheese. Thanks to the wealth of experience from five generations, he finds the regions that have the best milk and the best cheesemakers. This combination is the basis for every good cheese. After the best rounds have been produced and selected, careful aging follows. Each cheese has an optimal cellar climate and optimal ripening period. When the cheeses are also tended regularly with various ingredients, true specialty cheeses are created. Each year, affineur Walo sponsors the trophy for the best German cheese, with the goal of increasing awareness of quality cheeses in Germany. In 2018, the World Cheese Award will take place in November in the Norwegian town of Bergen.
For more information on the Walo family cheese dairy and the individual types of cheese, visit the website www.affineurwalo.ch.