Cheese Awards

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Wisconsin Cheese wins more national and international cheese awards than any other state or country. Our tradition of cheesemaking excellence began more than 175 years ago, and our award-winning cheesemakers still use these tried-and-true methods today.

Cheesemaking is a way of life in Wisconsin, the only place outside of Europe with a master cheesemaker program. Many families and facilities have been making cheese for four generations. With our revered heritage of cheesemaking, Wisconsin takes top honors for styles ranging from the freshest cheese curds to 10-year-old cheddar wheels, from baby swiss to aged parmesan and everything in between. Find your new favorite award-winning cheese here.

Wisconsin cheese has won

4,835 AWARDS

& counting...

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World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Product Contest, 2016
Class 19. Open Class Hard Cheese
awardFirst Place
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Reserve Chipotle BellaVitano, 99.9
ACS Cheese Competition, 2016
Class KK: Flavored Cheeses, Rubbed-Rind Cheese with added flavor ingredients rubbed or applied on the exterior surface of the cheese only - all milks
awardSecond Place
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Reserve Chipotle BellaVitano
Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest, 2016
Class 14. Flavored Hard Cheese
awardSecond Prize
Sartori Company, Antigo, WI
Sartori Reserve Chipotle BellaVitano, 99.35
Class 23. Open Class – Hard Cheese
awardBlue Ribbon
Sartori Company, Antigo, WI
Sartori Reserve BellaVitano Gold, 99.55
World Championship Cheese Contest, 2016
Class 66. Open Class: Flavored Cheeses with Sweet or 'Dessert' Condiments
awardThird Award
Sartori Company, Antigo, WI
Reserve Espresso BellaVitano - Lot #35282742142, 99.1
Class 67. Open Class: Flavored Hard Cheeses
awardSecond Award
Sartori Company, Antigo, WI
Reserve Chipotle BellaVitano - Lot#37029742354, 99.55
World Cheese Awards, 2015
Class 5246 Any other semi-hard cows' milk cheese not in any other class
awardGold
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Reserve BellaVitano Gold
Class 5607 Hard pressed or repressed cows' milk cheese with sweet style addtiives
awardGold
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Reserve Balsamic BellaVitano
awardGold
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Reserve Merlot BellaVitano
awardSilver
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Reserve Kentucky Bourbon BellaVitano
ACS Cheese Competition, 2015
Class KK: Flavored Cheeses, Rubbed-Rind Cheese (Added Flavor Only on Exterior Surface) - All Milks
awardThird Place
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Reserve Espresso BellaVitano
Class PC: Marinated Cheeses, Cheeses Marinated in Liquids and Ingredients - Cow's Milk
awardFirst Place
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Reserve Kentucky Bourbon BellaVitano
awardThird Place
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Limited Edition Cognac BellaVitano
Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest, 2015
Class 14. Flavored Hard Cheese
awardBlue Ribbon
Sartori Company, Antigo, WI
Merlot BellaVitano, 99.15
awardSecond Prize
Sartori Company, Antigo, WI
Balsamic BellaVitano, 98.95
awardThird Prize
Sartori Company, Antigo, WI
Espresso BellaVitano, 98.4
Class 23. Open Class – Hard Cheese
awardSecond Prize
Sartori Company, Antigo, WI
BellaVitano Gold, 99.425
United States Championship Cheese Contest, 2015
Class 50 Open Class: Flavored Cheeses with Sweet Condiments
awardBest of Class
Sartori Company, Antigo, WI
Sartori Limited Edition Peppermint BellaVitano, 99.5
awardSecond Award
Sartori Company, Antigo, WI
Sartori Reserve Balsamic BellaVitano, 99.45
awardThird Award
Sartori Company, Antigo, WI
Sartori Reserve Raspberry BellaVitano, 99.4
World Cheese Awards, 2014
Class 5245 Any other semi-hard cows' milk cheese not in any other class
awardSilver
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Reserve BellaVitano Gold
Class 5511 New Cheese - with additives. Open to any new cheese first marketed after 01/12/13
awardSuper Gold
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Reserve Kentucky Bourbon BellaVitano
Class 5606 Other hard pressed or repressed cows' milk cheese with savoury additives
awardGold
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Reserve Espresso BellaVitano
awardGold
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Reserve Chai BellaVitano
awardSilver
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Reserve Black Pepper BellaVitano
Class 5607 Hard pressed or repressed cows' milk cheese with sweet style addtiives
awardGold
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Limited Edition Cinnamon BellaVitano
awardSilver
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Reserve Balsamic BellaVitano
awardSilver
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Reserve Rum Runner BellaVitano
awardBronze
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Limited Edition Cognac BellaVitano
Class 5614 Shredded or grated cheese
awardSilver
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Reserve Merlot BellaVitano
World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Product Contest, 2014
Class 16. Open Class Hard Cheese
awardSecond Place
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Reserve Bellavitano Gold, 99.45
Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest, 2014
Class 0. Overall
awardGrand Master
Sartori Company, Antigo, WI
Chai BellaVitano
Class 14. Flavored Hard Cheese
awardBlue Ribbon
Sartori Company, Antigo, WI
Chai BellaVitano, 99.2
awardSecond Prize
Sartori Company, Antigo, WI
Rosemary and Olive Oil BellaVitano, 99.1
awardThird Prize
Sartori Company, Antigo, WI
Balsamic BellaVitano, 98.75
World Championship Cheese Contest, 2014
Class 89. Open Class: Shredded Cheese
awardSecond Award
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Reserve Merlot BellaVitano, 98.3
World Cheese Awards, 2013
Class 5245 Any semi-hard cheese not in any other class
awardSilver
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Reserve Merlot BellaVitano
awardSilver
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Reserve BellaVitano Gold
Class 5606 Other hard pressed or repressed cows' milk cheese with savoury additives
awardSilver
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Reserve Espresso BellaVitano
Class 5607 Hard pressed or repressed cows' milk cheese with sweet style additives
awardSuper Gold
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Reserve Cinnamon Rubbed BellaVitano
World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Product Contest, 2013
Class 0. Overall--Cheese & Butter
awardGrand Champion
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Reserve Bellavitano Gold, 99.6
Class 17. Open Class Hard Cheese
awardFirst Place
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Reserve Bellavitano Gold, 99.6
awardThird Place
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori ReserveChai Bellavitano, 99.45
ACS Cheese Competition, 2013
Class KC: Flavored Cheeses, Open Category - Cheeses with Flavor Added - All Milks and Mixed Milks
awardThird Place
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Reserve Espresso BellaVitano
Class PC: Marinated Cheeses, Open Category - Cheeses Marinated in Liquids and Ingredients - Made from Cow's Milk
awardThird Place
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Limited Edition Cannella BellaVitano
Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest, 2013
Class 13. Flavored Hard Cheese
awardBlue Ribbon
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Espresso BellaVitano, 99.15
awardSecond Prize
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Chai BellaVitano, 99.10
awardThird Prize
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Balsamic BellaVitano, 98.70
United States Championship Cheese Contest, 2013
Class 49 Flavored Cheeses with Sweet or 'Dessert' Condiments
awardBest of Class
Sartori Company, Antigo, WI
Sartori Reserve Espresso BellaVitano, 99.05
awardThird Award
Sartori Company, Antigo, WI
Sartori Reserve Merlot BellaVitano, 98.55
World Cheese Awards, 2012
Class 5245 Any semi-hard cheese not in any other class
awardSuper Gold
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Limited Edition Cognac BellaVitano - Remy Martin Cognac
awardSilver
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Limited Edition Cannella BellaVitano - Cinnamon Liqueur
awardSilver
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Reserve Balsamic BellaVitano - Balsamic Vinegar
awardBronze
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Reserve Merlot BellaVitano
awardBronze
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Reserve Raspberry BellaVitano - Raspberry Tart Ale
Class 5511 New Cheese – with additives. Open to any new cheese first marketed after 1/12/11
awardSilver
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Reserve Chai BellaVitano - Chai
World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Product Contest, 2012
Class 18. Open Class Hard Cheese
awardSecond Place
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Reserve Balsamic Bellavitano, 99.7
ACS Cheese Competition, 2012
Class PC: Marinated Cheeses, Open Category Marinated in Liquids and Ingredients – Made from Cow’s Milk
awardSecond Place
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Reserve Merlot BellaVitano
Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest, 2012
Class 14. Flavored Hard Cheese
awardBlue Ribbon
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Cannella BellaVitano, 98.4
World Cheese Awards, 2011
Class USDEC Trophy - Best USA Cheese
awardUSDEC Trophy
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Limited Edition Cognac BellaVitano aged 18 months
Class 5234 Any semi-hard cheese not in any other class
awardSuper Gold
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Limited Edition Cognac BellaVitano aged 18 months
Class 5512 All other new cheeses. Open to any new cheese first marketed after 01/11/10
awardGold
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Limited Edition Cannella Bella Vitano
Class 5607 Hard pressed or repressed cows’ milk cheese with sweet style additives
awardSuper Gold
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Reserve Cinnamon-Rubbed BellaVitano
ACS Cheese Competition, 2011
Class DC: American Made/International Style, Open Category Made from Cow's Milk
awardThird Place
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Reserve BellaVitano Gold
Class KF: Flavored Cheeses, Cheeses Flavored with Herbs, Fruits, Vegetables, Flowers, Syrups - All Milks
awardThird Place
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Reserve Espresso BellaVitano
Class KP: Flavored Cheeses, Cheeses Flavored with Crushed or Whole Peppercorns or Savory Spices - All Milks
awardFirst Place
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Reserve Black Pepper BellaVitano
Class PC: Marinated Cheeses, Open Category Made from Cow's Milk
awardThird Place
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Reserve Merlot BellaVitano
Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest, 2011
Class 12. Flavored Hard Cheese
awardBlue Ribbon
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Balsamic BellaVitano, 98.6
awardThird Prize
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Espresso BellaVitano, 98.35
World Cheese Awards, 2010
Class 5511: New Cheese - with additives. Open to any new cheese first marketed after 01/10/09
awardGold
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Cinnamon BellaVitano
awardSilver
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Espresso BellaVitano
Class 5607: Hard pressed or repressed cows' milk cheese with savoury additives
awardSilver
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Reserve Balsamic BellaVitano
ACS Cheese Competition, 2010
Class DC: American Made/International Style, Open Category Made from Cow's Milk
awardFirst Place
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Reserve BellaVitano Gold
Class PF: Marinated Cheeses, Flavor Added: Spices, Herbs, Seasonings, Fruits - All Milks
awardFirst Place
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Reserve Balsamic BellaVitano
awardSecond Place
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Cognac BellaVitano
World Cheese Awards, 2009
Class 28b: Other hard pressed or repressed cows’ milk cheese with savoury additives
awardGold
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Reserve Black Pepper Bella Vitano Hand Rubbed with Cracked Pepper
Class 28c: Hard pressed or repressed cows’ milk cheese with dessert style additives
awardBronze
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Reserve Merlot Bella Vitano soaked in Merlot
Class 58c: New Cheese - with additives. Open to any new cheese first marketed after 01/10/2008
awardSilver
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Reserve Balsamic Bella Vitano soaked in premium Italian Balsamic
ACS Cheese Competition, 2009
Class KP: Cheeses Flavored with Crushed or Whole Peppercorns or Savory Spices
awardFirst Place
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Reserve Black Pepper BellaVitano
Class PF: Flavor Added: Spices, Herbs, Seasonings, Fruits - All Milks
awardFirst Place
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Reserve Merlot BellaVitano
Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest, 2009
Class 12. Flavored Hard Cheese
awardBlue Ribbon
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Balsamic BellaVitano, 99.65
awardSecond Prize
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Black Pepper BellaVitano, 99.25
awardThird Prize
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Raspberry BellaVitano, 99.05
United States Championship Cheese Contest, 2009
Class 38. Flavored w/ Sweet Condiments
awardThird Award
Sartori Company, Antigo, WI
Balsamic BellaVitano, 99.4
World Cheese Awards, 2008
Class U.S. Dairy Export Council Trophy
awardBest American Cheese
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Reserve Raspberry Bella Vitano
Class Horgans Delicatessen Supplies Trophy
awardBest New Cheese
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Reserve Raspberry Bella Vitano
Class 58a New Cheese - hard or semi hard. First marketed after 01/04/07
awardGold
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Reserve Bella Vitano Gold, first marketed 2008
Class 58c New Cheese - with additives. First marketed after 01/04/07
awardGold
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Reserve Raspberry Bella Vitano
awardSilver
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Reserve Balck Pepper Bella Vitano Wheel, hand-coated with cracked peppercorns
ACS Cheese Competition, 2008
Class PF: Marinated Cheeses, Flavor Added
awardFirst Place
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Reserve Raspberry Bellavitano
Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest, 2008
Class 19. Open Class - Hard Cheese
awardThird Prize
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Bellavitano Block, 97.8
American Cheesemaker Awards, 2007
Class Uniquely American Cheese
awardBest of Class
Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI
Sartori Reserve Bella Vitano Wheel