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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ACS Cheese Competition, 2016
Class CY: American Originals, Colby - made from cow's milk
awardFirst Place
Organic Valley, La Farge, WI
Organic Pasteurized Colby
awardSecond Place
Widmer's Cheese Cellars, Inc., Theresa, WI
Traditional Colby
awardThird Place
Arena Cheese Inc., Arena, WI
Colby
awardThird Place
Saputo Specialty Cheese, Richfield, WI
Black Creek Colby
Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest, 2016
Class 3. Colby, Monterey Jack
awardSecond Prize
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Colby, 98.875
World Championship Cheese Contest, 2016
Class 8. Colby
awardBest of Class
Arena Cheese Inc., Arena, WI
Colby Deli Longhorn, 99.75
awardSecond Award
Arena Cheese Inc., Arena, WI
Colby Deli Longhorn, 99.7
awardThird Award
Arena Cheese Inc., Arena, WI
Colby Deli Longhorn, 99.55
World Cheese Awards, 2015
Class 5318 Any other semi-soft cows' milk cheese not in any other class
awardBronze
Saputo Specialty Cheese, Richfield, WI
Colby Cheese
ACS Cheese Competition, 2015
Class CY: American Originals, Colby - Cow's Milk
awardThird Place
Saputo Specialty Cheese, Richfield, WI
Black Creek Colby
awardThird Place
Arena Cheese Inc., Arena, WI
Colby
Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest, 2015
Class 3. Colby, Monterey Jack
awardBlue Ribbon
The Artisan Cheese Exchange, Sheboygan, WI
Colby - Deer Creek "The Robin", 99.225
United States Championship Cheese Contest, 2015
Class 8 Colby
awardBest of Class
Arena Cheese Inc., Arena, WI
Colby Deli Longhorn, 99.1
awardSecond Award
Meister Cheese Co., Muscoda, WI
Colby Longhorn, 98.95
ACS Cheese Competition, 2014
Class CY: American Originals, Colby - made from cow's milk
awardThird Place
Meister Cheese Co., Muscoda, WI
Colby
World Championship Cheese Contest, 2014
Class 8. Colby
awardBest of Class
Arena Cheese Inc., Arena, WI
Colby Deli Style Longorn, 99.45
awardSecond Award
Meister Cheese Co., Muscoda, WI
Colby Longhorn, 98.95
ACS Cheese Competition, 2013
Class CY: American Originals, Colby - Made from Cow's Milk
awardThird Place
Saputo Specialty Cheese, Richfield, WI
Black Creek Colby
awardThird Place
Arena Cheese Inc., Arena, WI
Colby
Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest, 2013
Class 3. Colby, Monterey Jack
awardBlue Ribbon
Saputo Specialty Cheese, Richfield, WI
Colby, 99.55
awardThird Prize
Widmer's Cheese Cellars, Inc., Theresa, WI
Traditional Stirred Curd Colby, 99.25
United States Championship Cheese Contest, 2013
Class 8 Colby
awardThird Award
Arena Cheese Inc., Arena, WI
Colby, Traditional Longhorn Style, 98.9
ACS Cheese Competition, 2012
Class CY: American Originals, Colby - Made from Cow's Milk
awardThird Place
Widmer's Cheese Cellars, Inc., Theresa, WI
Traditional Colby
awardThird Place
Saputo Specialty Cheese, Richfield, WI
Black Creek Colby
Class KC: Flavored Cheeses, Cheeses Flavored with all Peppers - Chipotle, Jalapeno, Chili- All Milks
awardFirst Place
Widmer's Cheese Cellars, Inc., Theresa, WI
Colby with Jalapenos
Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest, 2012
Class 3. Colby, Monterey Jack
awardSecond Prize
Meister Cheese Co., Muscoda, WI
Colby Longhorn, 99.6
World Championship Cheese Contest, 2012
Class 8. Colby
awardBest of Class
Henning Cheese, Inc., Kiel, WI
Colby Block, 99.6
awardThird Award
Arena Cheese Inc., Arena, WI
Traditional Colby, 99.4
ACS Cheese Competition, 2011
Class CY: American Originals, Colby - Made from Cow's Milk
awardSecond Place
Cedar Grove Cheese, Plain, WI
Marbled Colby
awardThird Place
Hook's Cheese Company, Inc., Mineral Point, WI
Colby
Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest, 2011
Class 11. Flavored Semi Soft Cheese
awardBlue Ribbon
Widmer's Cheese Cellars, Inc., Theresa, WI
Colby with Caraway Seeds, 99.3
United States Championship Cheese Contest, 2011
Class 7 Colby
awardBest of Class
LaGrander's Hillside Dairy, Inc., Stanley, WI
Colby Longhorn, 99.5
awardSecond Award
Meister Cheese Co., Muscoda, WI
Colby Longhorn, 99.45
awardThird Award
Arena Cheese Inc., Arena, WI
Traditional Colby Deli, 99.35
ACS Cheese Competition, 2010
Class CY: American Originals, Colby - Made from Cow's Milk
awardFirst Place
Widmer's Cheese Cellars, Inc., Theresa, WI
Traditional Colby
awardSecond Place
Arena Cheese Inc., Arena, WI
Traditionally Made Colby
awardThird Place
Carr Valley Cheese Co., Inc., La Valle, WI
Colby
World Championship Cheese Contest, 2010
Class 8. Colby
awardThird Award
Meister Cheese Co., Muscoda, WI
Colby Longhorn, 99.25
ACS Cheese Competition, 2009
Class CY: American Originals, Colby - Made from Cow's Milk
awardSecond Place
Henning Cheese, Inc., Kiel, WI
Colby
awardSecond Place
Cedar Grove Cheese, Plain, WI
Marbled Colby
awardThird Place
Widmer's Cheese Cellars, Inc., Theresa, WI
Traditional Colby
Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest, 2009
Class 2. Colby, Monterey Jack
awardBlue Ribbon
Widmer's Cheese Cellars, Inc., Theresa, WI
Colby, 99.2
United States Championship Cheese Contest, 2009
Class 7. Colby
awardBest of Class
LaGrander's Hillside Dairy, Inc., Stanley, WI
Colby, Mild, 99.6
awardSecond Award
LaGrander's Hillside Dairy, Inc., Stanley, WI
Colby, Mild, 99.55
awardThird Award
Arena Cheese Inc., Arena, WI
Colby Longhorn, 99.45
ACS Cheese Competition, 2008
Class CY: American Originals, Colby, Cow's Milk
awardSecond Place
Widmer's Cheese Cellars, Inc., Theresa, WI
Traditional Colby
ACS Cheese Competition, 2007
Class CY: American Originals, Colby, Cow's Milk
awardSecond Place
Widmer's Cheese Cellars, Inc., Theresa, WI
Traditional Colby
Class KP: Flavored Cheeses, Crushed Or Whole Peppercorns Or Savory Spices
awardThird Place
Widmer's Cheese Cellars, Inc., Theresa, WI
Caraway Colby
United States Championship Cheese Contest, 2007
Class 5. Colby
awardBest of Class
Henning Cheese, Inc., Kiel, WI
Heritage Colby
awardSecond Award
Arena Cheese Inc., Arena, WI
Colby
awardThird Award
LaGrander's Hillside Dairy, Inc., Stanley, WI
Colby Longhorn
ACS Cheese Competition, 2006
Class CY: American Originals, Colby, Cow's Milk
awardFirst Place
Carr Valley Cheese Co., Inc., La Valle, WI
Colby
awardSecond Place
Organic Valley, La Farge, WI
Organic Pasteurized Colby
awardThird Place
Next Generation Organic Dairy, Mondovi, WI
Next Generation Raw Milk Colby
Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest, 2006
Class 2. Colby, Monterey Jack
awardThird Prize
Widmer's Cheese Cellars, Inc., Theresa, WI
Traditional Stirred Curd Colby, 98.9
World Championship Cheese Contest, 2006
Class 5. Colby
awardBest of Class
Burnett Dairy Cheese, Grantsburg, WI
Colby, 98.15
awardSecond Award
Henning Cheese, Inc., Kiel, WI
Colby, 97.9
awardThird Award
Arena Cheese Inc., Arena, WI
Colby Longhorn, 97.8
ACS Cheese Competition, 2005
Class CY: Colby, Made from Cow's Milk
awardSecond Place
Carr Valley Cheese Co., Inc., La Valle, WI
Colby
awardThird Place
Widmer's Cheese Cellars, Inc., Theresa, WI
Colby
United States Championship Cheese Contest, 2005
Class 3. Colby
awardThird Award
Burnett Dairy Cheese, Grantsburg, WI
Colby Longhorn
ACS Cheese Competition, 2004
Class CY: Colby -- Made from Cow's Milk
awardSecond Place
Widmer's Cheese Cellars, Inc., Theresa, WI
Colby
World Championship Cheese Contest, 2004
Class 3. Colby
awardBest of Class
Henning Cheese, Inc., Kiel, WI
Colby, 99.4
awardThird Award
Arena Cheese Inc., Arena, WI
Colby Longhorn, 97.4
Class 22. Flavored Semi-Soft Cheeses
awardThird Award
Arena Cheese Inc., Arena, WI
Colby Caliente (Colby with Peppers), 98.75
Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest, 2003
Class 2. Colby, Monterey Jack
awardBlue Ribbon
Gile Cheese, LLC / Carr Cheese Factory, Cuba City, WI
Colby block, 99.6
United States Championship Cheese Contest, 2003
Class 3. Colby, Monterey Jack
awardThird Award
Widmer's Cheese Cellars, Inc., Theresa, WI
Stirred Curd Colby, 98.75
World Championship Cheese Contest, 2002
Class 3. Colby, Monterey Jack
awardSecond Award
Arena Cheese Inc., Arena, WI
Colby Longhorn, 98.85
United States Championship Cheese Contest, 2001
Class 3. Colby, Monterey Jack
awardBest of Class
Henning Cheese, Inc., Kiel, WI
Colby
awardThird Award
Lynn Dairy, Inc., Granton, WI
Colby
United States Championship Cheese Contest, 1999
Class 3. Colby, Monterey Jack
awardBest of Class
Saputo Cheese USA Inc., Black Creek, WI
Colby
United States Championship Cheese Contest, 1997
Class 3. Colby, Monterey Jack
awardSecond Award
Cady Cheese, LLC, Wilson, WI
Colby
United States Championship Cheese Contest, 1995
Class 2. Colby, Monterey Jack
awardThird Award
Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI), Arena, WI
Colby Deli Horns from Cheese Team A