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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Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest, 2016
Class 20. Havarti
awardBlue Ribbon
Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, WI
Havarti, 99.7
awardSecond Prize
Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, WI
Havarti, 99.25
awardThird Prize
Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Havarti, 99.225
Class 21. Flavored Havarti
awardBlue Ribbon
Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, WI
Dill Havarti, 99.7
awardSecond Prize
Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, WI
Dill Havarti, 99.375
awardThird Prize
Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, WI
Dill Havarti, 98.9
World Championship Cheese Contest, 2016
Class 25. Havarti
awardBest of Class
Arla Foods, Inc., Kaukauna, WI
9 lb Havarti Loaf, 99.6
awardSecond Award
Arla Foods, Inc., Kaukauna, WI
9.5 Havarti Loaf, 99.3
awardThird Award
Arla Foods, Inc., Kaukauna, WI
9 lb Havarti Loaf, 99.1
Class 26. Havarti, Flavored
awardBest of Class
Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, WI
Dill Havarti, 99.35
awardSecond Award
Arla Foods, Inc., Kaukauna, WI
9lb Havarti with Caraway, 99.3
awardThird Award
Edelweiss Creamery, Monticello, WI
Dill Havarti, 99.25
Class 57. Open Class: Pepper Flavored Cheese, Medium Heat
awardSecond Award
Edelweiss Creamery, Monticello, WI
Pepper Havarti, 99.45
Class 59. Open Class: Smoked Soft & Semi-soft (Semi-hard) Cheeses
awardBest of Class
Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Smoked Mediterranean Herb Havarti, 99.55
awardThird Award
Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Smoked Pepper Havarti, 99.35
Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest, 2015
Class 10. Flavored Pepper Cheese
awardSecond Prize
Arla Foods, Inc., Kaukauna, WI
Jalapeno Havarti, 99.525
awardThird Prize
Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Pepper Havarti, 99.475
Class 20. Havarti
awardBlue Ribbon
Edelweiss Creamery, Monticello, WI
Havarti, 99.5
awardSecond Prize
Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Havarti, 98.75
awardThird Prize
Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Havarti, 98.725
Class 21. Flavored Havarti
awardBlue Ribbon
Edelweiss Creamery, Monticello, WI
Dill Havarti, 98.875
awardSecond Prize
Emmi Roth USA, Inc., Monroe, WI
Jalapeno Havarti, 98.75
awardThird Prize
Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Havarti Dill, 98.45
United States Championship Cheese Contest, 2015
Class 23 Havarti
awardBest of Class
Edelweiss Creamery, Monticello, WI
Havarti, 99.45
awardSecond Award
Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Havarti, 99.3
awardThird Award
Edelweiss Creamery, Monticello, WI
Havarti, 98.75
Class 24 Havarti, Flavored
awardBest of Class
Edelweiss Creamery, Monticello, WI
Dill Havarti, 99.05
awardSecond Award
Edelweiss Creamery, Monticello, WI
Dill Havarti, 99
awardThird Award
Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Havarti Dill, 98.85
World Cheese Awards, 2014
Class 5318 Any other semi-soft cows' milk cheese not in any other class
awardGold
Emmi Roth USA, Inc., Monroe, WI
Roth Havarti
Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest, 2014
Class 20. Open Class - Semi-Soft Cheese
awardBlue Ribbon
Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Havarti, 99.15
World Championship Cheese Contest, 2014
Class 24. Havarti
awardThird Award
Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Havarti, 98.85
Class 25. Havarti, Flavored
awardBest of Class
Edelweiss Creamery, Monticello, WI
Havarti with Dill, 99.3
awardSecond Award
Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Havarti Dill, 98.9
awardThird Award
Edelweiss Creamery, Monticello, WI
Havarti with Dill, 98.65
Class 53. Open Class: Pepper Flavored Cheeses
awardBest of Class
Edelweiss Creamery, Monticello, WI
Havarti with Jalapeno Pepper, 98.95
ACS Cheese Competition, 2013
Class JR: Low Fat/Low Salt Cheeses, Light/Lite and Reduced Fat Cheeses
awardThird Place
Emmi Roth USA, Inc., Monroe, WI
Roth Reduced Fat Havarti
Class KH: Flavored Cheeses, Havarti with Flavor Added - All Milks
awardThird Place
Emmi Roth USA, Inc., Monroe, WI
Roth Dill Havarti
Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest, 2013
Class 9. Flavored Pepper Cheese
awardBlue Ribbon
Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Havarti With Jalapeño Peppers, 98.95
awardSecond Prize
Emmi Roth USA, Inc., Monroe, WI
Jalapeño Havarti, 98.60
awardThird Prize
Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Havarti Pepper, 98.50
Class 11. Flavored Semi Soft Cheese
awardBlue Ribbon
Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, WI
Dill Havarti, 98.80
awardSecond Prize
Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, WI
Dill Havarti, 98.70
awardThird Prize
Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, WI
Dill Havarti, 98.65
Class 19. Open Class - Semi-Soft Cheese
awardSecond Prize
Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, WI
Havarti, 99.50
awardThird Prize
Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Havarti, 99.40
United States Championship Cheese Contest, 2013
Class 23 Havarti
awardBest of Class
Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, WI
Havarti, 99.45
awardSecond Award
Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, WI
Havarti, 99.4
awardThird Award
Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Havarti, 99.15
Class 24 Havarti, Flavored
awardBest of Class
Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, WI
Dill Havarti, 99.7
awardSecond Award
Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, WI
Dill Havarti, 99.5
awardThird Award
Arla Foods, Inc., Kaukauna, WI
Caraway Havarti, 99.45
Class 45 Pepper Flavored Cheeses - Other Natural Styles
awardBest of Class
Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Havarti Pepper, 99.5
awardSecond Award
Valley View Cheese Coop, South Wayne, WI
Jalapeno Havarti, 99.1
World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Product Contest, 2012
Class 17. Open Class Semi-Soft Cheese
awardSecond Place
Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, Comstock Facility, Comstock, WI
Havarti, 99.1
ACS Cheese Competition, 2012
Class KH: Flavored Cheeses, Flavor Added Havarti - Spices, Herbs, Seasonings, Fruits - All Milks
awardSecond Place
Edelweiss Creamery, Monticello, WI
Vegetable Havarti
awardThird Place
Emmi Roth USA, Inc., Monroe, WI
Roth Havarti with Peppadew
awardThird Place
Arla Foods, Inc., Kaukauna, WI
Havarti Jalapeno
Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest, 2012
Class 10. Flavored Pepper Cheese
awardSecond Prize
Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Pepper Havarti, 99.45
Class 20. Open Class - Semi-Soft Cheese
awardBlue Ribbon
Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Havarti, 99.75
World Championship Cheese Contest, 2012
Class 22. Havarti
awardBest of Class
Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Havarti, 99.6
Class 23. Havarti, Flavored
awardBest of Class
Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, WI
Dill Havarti, 99.4
awardSecond Award
Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Dill Havarti, 99.35
awardThird Award
Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, WI
Dill Havarti, 99.3
Class 45. Pepper Flavored Cheeses (Other Natural Styles)
awardBest of Class
Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Pepper Havarti, 99.5
awardThird Award
Edelweiss Creamery, Monticello, WI
Havarti with Chapolti, 99.35
ACS Cheese Competition, 2011
Class KH: Flavored Cheeses, Flavor Added Havarti - spices, herbs, seasonings, fruits - All Milks
awardSecond Place
Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, WI
Dill Havarti
awardThird Place
Edelweiss Creamery, Monticello, WI
Onion Havarti
Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest, 2011
Class 9. Flavored Pepper Cheese
awardBlue Ribbon
Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Pepper Havarti, 99.05
Class 11. Flavored Semi Soft Cheese
awardSecond Prize
Valley View Cheese Coop, South Wayne, WI
Dill Havarti, 99.2
awardThird Prize
Valley View Cheese Coop, South Wayne, WI
Dill Havarti, 99.15
Class 18. Open Class - Semi-Soft Cheese
awardSecond Prize
Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Havarti, 99.35
United States Championship Cheese Contest, 2011
Class 20 Havarti
awardBest of Class
Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Havarti, 99.5
awardSecond Award
Valley View Cheese Coop, South Wayne, WI
Havarti, 99.1
awardThird Award
Edelweiss Creamery, Monticello, WI
Plain havarti, 99.05
Class 21 Havarti, Flavored
awardBest of Class
Arla Foods, Inc., Kaukauna, WI
Caraway Havarti Loaf, 99.45
awardSecond Award
Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, WI
Dill Havarti, 99.4
awardThird Award
Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Havarti Dill, 99.35
Class 39 Pepper Flavored Cheeses (Other Natural Styles)
awardBest of Class
Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Havarti Pepper, 98.75
awardSecond Award
Emmi Roth USA, Inc., Monroe, WI
Havarti Jalapeno , 98.6
awardThird Award
Arla Foods, Inc., Kaukauna, WI
Havarti Loaf with Jalapeno Blend, 98.55
ACS Cheese Competition, 2010
Class KH: Flavored Cheeses, Flavor Added Havarti - spices, herbs, seasonings, fruits - All Milks
awardSecond Place
Arla Foods, Inc., Kaukauna, WI
Havarti w/Dill
awardThird Place
Arla Foods, Inc., Kaukauna, WI
Havarti w/Jalapeno
Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest, 2010
Class 11. Flavored Semi Soft Cheese
awardSecond Prize
Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Havarti Dill, 98.4
Class 18. Open Class - Semi-Soft Cheese
awardBlue Ribbon
Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, WI
Havarti, 99.4
awardSecond Prize
Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Havarti, 99.25
World Championship Cheese Contest, 2010
Class 22. Havarti
awardBest of Class
Edelweiss Creamery, Monticello, WI
Havarti, 99.3
awardSecond Award
Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Havarti, 99.05
awardThird Award
Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, WI
Havarti, 99
Class 45. Pepper Flavored Cheeses (Other Natural Styles)
awardSecond Award
Valley View Cheese Coop, South Wayne, WI
Jalapeno Havarti, 99.15
ACS Cheese Competition, 2009
Class KH: Flavored Cheeses, Flavor Added Havarti
awardFirst Place
Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, WI
Dill Havarti
awardThird Place
Emmi Roth USA, Inc., Monroe, WI
Havarti Peppadew
Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest, 2009
Class 11. Flavored Semi Soft Cheese
awardBlue Ribbon
Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, WI
Dill Havarti, 99.55
Class 18. Open Class - Semi-Soft Cheese
awardThird Prize
Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Havarti, 98.45
United States Championship Cheese Contest, 2009
Class 20. Havarti
awardBest of Class
Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, WI
Havarti, 99.6
awardSecond Award
Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Havarti, 99.55
awardThird Award
Edelweiss Creamery, Monticello, WI
Havarti, 99.4
Class 21. Havarti, Flavored
awardBest of Class
Arla Foods, Inc., Kaukauna, WI
Havarti with Dill, 99.75
awardSecond Award
Arla Foods, Inc., Kaukauna, WI
Havarti with Dill, 99.2
awardThird Award
Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Dill Havarti, 98.8
ACS Cheese Competition, 2008
Class KH: Flavored Cheeses, Flavor Added Havarti
awardFirst Place
Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, WI
Dill Havarti
awardSecond Place
Emmi Roth USA, Inc., Monroe, WI
Peppaew Havarti
awardThird Place
Emmi Roth USA, Inc., Monroe, WI
Jalapeno Havarti
Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest, 2008
Class 0. Overall
awardGrand Master
Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, WI
Dill Havarti
Class 9. Pepper Flavored Cheese
awardThird Prize
Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Pepper Havarti, 97.45
Class 11. Flavored Semi Soft Cheese
awardBlue Ribbon
Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, WI
Dill Havarti, 99.6
awardSecond Prize
Valley View Cheese Coop, South Wayne, WI
Dill Havarti, 99.2
awardThird Prize
Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Havarti Dill, 99.15
Class 18. Open Class - Semi-Soft Cheese
awardBlue Ribbon
Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, WI
Havarti, 99.6
awardThird Prize
Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Havarti, 99.2
World Championship Cheese Contest, 2008
Class  23 - Havarti
awardThird Award
Arla Foods, Inc., Kaukauna, WI
Havarti, 98.95
Class  44 - Pepper Flavored Cheeses (Other Natural Styles)
awardBest of Class
Arla Foods, Inc., Kaukauna, WI
Jalapeno Havarti, 98.15
Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest, 2007
Class 11. Flavored Semi Soft Cheese
awardBlue Ribbon
Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, WI
Dill Havarti, 99.55
awardSecond Prize
Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Havarti Dill, 99.5
awardThird Prize
Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, WI
Dill Havarti, 99.25
Class 19. Open Class for Semi-soft Cheeses
awardThird Prize
Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Havarti, 98.4
United States Championship Cheese Contest, 2007
Class 15. Havarti
awardBest of Class
Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Havarti
awardSecond Award
Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Havarti
awardThird Award
Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Havarti
ACS Cheese Competition, 2006
Class KF: Flavored Cheeses, Herbs, Fruits, Vegetables, Flowers, Syrups
awardThird Place
Edelweiss Creamery, Monticello, WI
Havarti Pepper
Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest, 2006
Class 11. Flavored Semi Soft Cheese
awardBlue Ribbon
Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, WI
Dill Havarti, 99.55
awardSecond Prize
Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Havarti Dill, 99.5
awardThird Prize
Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, WI
Dill Havarti, 99.05
Class 21. Open Class for Semi-soft Cheeses
awardBlue Ribbon
Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Havarti, 99.35
awardThird Prize
Edelweiss Creamery, Monticello, WI
Plain Havarti, 98.05
World Championship Cheese Contest, 2006
Class 15. Havarti
awardBest of Class
Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, WI
Havarti, 99.45
awardSecond Award
Arla Foods, Inc., Kaukauna, WI
Havarti Plain, 98.6
Class 26. Pepper Flavored Cheeses
awardSecond Award
Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Havarti Pepper, 99.0
ACS Cheese Competition, 2005
Class DC: American Made/International Style, Open Category Made with Cow's Milk
awardThird Place
Cedar Grove Cheese, Plain, WI
Havarti
Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest, 2004
Class 10. Flavored Natural Cheeses
awardBlue Ribbon
Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, WI
Dill Havarti Cheese, 99.65
awardThird Prize
Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, WI
Dill Havarti Cheese, 99.35
Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest, 2005
Class 10. Flavored Semi Soft Cheese
awardBlue Ribbon
Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Havarti Dill, 99.85
awardThird Prize
Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Havarti Dill, 99.45
United States Championship Cheese Contest, 2005
Class 11. Havarti
awardSecond Award
Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, WI
Havarti
awardThird Award
Cedar Grove Cheese, Plain, WI
Havarti
ACS Cheese Competition, 2004
Class JR: Light/Lite and Reduced Fat Cheeses
awardThird Place
Emmi Roth USA, Inc., Monroe, WI
Reduced Fat Havarti
World Championship Cheese Contest, 2004
Class 17. Havarti
awardThird Award
Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, WI
Havarti, 97.65
Class 22. Flavored Semi-Soft Cheeses
awardSecond Award
Emmi Roth USA, Inc., Monroe, WI
Horseradish Havarti, 98.9
ACS Cheese Competition, 2003
Class JC: Low Fat/Low Salt Cheese, Open Category, All Milks
awardSecond Place
Emmi Roth USA, Inc., Monroe, WI
Reduced Fat Havarti
Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest, 2003
Class 11. Flavored Natural Cheeses
awardThird Prize
Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Havarti dill, 99
Class 15. Open Class
awardThird Prize
Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Havarti, 98.2
Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest, 2002
Class 11. Flavored Natural Cheeses
awardThird Prize
Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Havarti Dill, 99.3
Class 16. Open Class
awardSecond Prize
Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Havarti, 99.45
World Championship Cheese Contest, 2002
Class 16. Havarti
awardSecond Award
Arla Foods, Inc., Kaukauna, WI
Havarti, 98.85
United States Championship Cheese Contest, 1999
Class 18. Open Class/Semi-soft Cheeses
awardSecond Award
Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Havarti
World Championship Cheese Contest, 1998
Class 13. Flavored Natural Cheese
awardThird Award
Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Havarti with dill
Class 21. Open Class/Semi-soft Cheeses
awardSecond Award
Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Havarti
United States Championship Cheese Contest, 1997
Class 0. Overall
awardFirst Runner-Up
Emmi Roth USA, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Havarti
Class 18. Open Class for Semi-soft Cheeses
awardBest of Class
Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Havarti
awardThird Award
Decatur Dairy, Inc., Brodhead, WI
Havarti