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 KD: Flavored Cheeses, International-Style with Flavor Added - all milks
awardSecond Place
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Honey Clover
awardThird Place
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Jalapeno
Class KF: Flavored Cheeses, Farmstead Cheese with Flavor Added (must conform to all guidelines in Category M) - all milks
awardThird Place
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Truffle
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 39. Gouda, Mild
awardThird Award
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Belegen, 99.15
Class 41. Gouda, Flavored
awardBest of Class
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Caraway , 99.25
awardSecond Award
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Truffle, 99.05
awardThird Award
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Burning Melange, 99
Class 42. Smoked Gouda
awardSecond Award
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Smoked, 99.55
World Cheese Awards, 2015
Class 5245 Gouda - made before 01/12/14
awardBronze
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Premium(12-18 months)
World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Product Contest, 2015
Class 16. Open Class Semi-Soft Cheese
awardSecond Place
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Belegen, 99.5
ACS Cheese Competition, 2015
Class KD: Flavored Cheeses, International-Style with Flavor Added - All Milks
awardFirst Place
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Foenegreek
awardSecond Place
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Cumin
awardThird Place
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Jalapeno
Class ME: Farmstead Cheeses Aged 60 days or more - Less than 39% Moisture - Cow's Milk
awardSecond Place
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Aged (9-12 month)
Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest, 2015
Class 12. Flavored Semi-Soft Cheese
awardThird Prize
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Gouda Burning Melange, 99
Class 22. Open Class - Semi-Soft Cheese
awardSecond Prize
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Golden, 99.725
United States Championship Cheese Contest, 2015
Class 34 Edam & Gouda
awardBest of Class
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Young, 98.4
Class 35 Gouda, Aged
awardSecond Award
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Mature, 99.45
Class 36 Gouda, Flavored
awardSecond Award
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Black Pepper Mix, 99.6
awardThird Award
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Cumin, 99.45
Class 37 Smoked Gouda
awardBest of Class
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Smoked Cumin, 99.5
awardSecond Award
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Smoked, 99.45
Class 54 Open Class: Semi-Soft Cheeses
awardSecond Award
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Golden, 99.05
ACS Cheese Competition, 2014
Class DD: American Made / International Style, Dutch-style (Gouda, Edam etc.) - all milks
awardThird Place
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Belegen 4-6 month
awardThird Place
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Aged (9-12 month)
Class KD: Flavored Cheeses, International-Style with Flavor Added - all milks
awardFirst Place
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Jalapeno
awardThird Place
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Foenegreek
Class LC: Smoked Cheeses, Open Category - Smoked Cheeses - made from cow's milk
awardFirst Place
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Smoked Cumin
Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest, 2014
Class 10. Flavored Pepper Cheese
awardBlue Ribbon
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Gouda Jalapeño, 99.5
Class 12. Flavored Semi-Soft Cheese
awardThird Prize
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Gouda Black Pepper Mix, 99.53
Class 13. Smoked Flavored Cheese
awardThird Prize
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Smoked Gouda, 98.95
World Championship Cheese Contest, 2014
Class 38. Gouda, Aged
awardBest of Class
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Super (18-24 month), 99.75
awardSecond Award
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Overjarige 2 year +, 99.6
awardThird Award
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Mature (6-9 month), 99.5
Class 40. Smoked Gouda
awardSecond Award
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Smoked, 99.35
awardThird Award
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Smoked Cumin, 99.3
Class 53. Open Class: Pepper Flavored Cheeses
awardThird Award
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Jalapeno, 98.65
Class 61. Open Class: Semi-soft (Semi-hard) Cheeses
awardThird Award
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke GOLDEN, 99.05
World Cheese Awards, 2013
Class 5244 Gouda – made before 01/12/12
awardSilver
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Super
Class 5245 Any semi-hard cheese not in any other class
awardSilver
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Golden
ACS Cheese Competition, 2013
Class DD: American Made/International Style, Dutch-style (Gouda, Edam etc.) - All Milks
awardFirst Place
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Mature 6-9 month
awardSecond Place
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Premium (12-18 months)
Class KD: Flavored Cheeses, International-Style with Flavor Added - All Milks
awardFirst Place
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Cumin
Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest, 2013
Class 12. Smoked Flavored Cheese
awardBlue Ribbon
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Smoked Gouda, 99.65
United States Championship Cheese Contest, 2013
Class Overall
awardU.S. Champion
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Gouda Mature, 98.305
Class 33 Edam/Gouda
awardBest of Class
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Belegen (4-6 month), 99.45
Class 34 Gouda, Aged
awardBest of Class
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Mature (6-9 month), 99.5
awardThird Award
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Premium (12-18 month), 99.35
Class 35 Gouda, Flavored
awardBest of Class
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Foenegreek, 99.2
awardSecond Award
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Pesto Basil, 98.9
Class 36 Smoked Gouda
awardBest of Class
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Smoked Belegen (4-6 month), 99.3
awardSecond Award
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Smoked young (2-4 month), 99.2
Class 49 Flavored Cheeses with Sweet or 'Dessert' Condiments
awardSecond Award
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Thorp Cheese, 98.65
World Cheese Awards, 2012
Class 5244 Gouda – made before 01/12/11
awardGold
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Aged
awardBronze
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Premium
Class 5249 Smoked cheese - semi-hard
awardBronze
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Smoked Gouda
ACS Cheese Competition, 2012
Class DD: American Made/International Style, Dutch Style - Gouda, Edam, etc. - All Milks
awardSecond Place
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Aged (9-12 month)
Class DF: American Made/International Style, Dutch Style - Flavor Added - Spices, Herbs, Seasonings, Fruits, etc., All Milks
awardThird Place
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Cumin
Class LC: Smoked Cheeses, Open Category - Made from Cow’s Milk
awardThird Place
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Smoked
Class MF: Farmstead Cheeses, Open Category for all cheeses with Flavor Added – Spices, Herbs, Seasonings, Fruits – All Milks
awardFirst Place
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Foenegreek
Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest, 2012
Class 12. Flavored Semi Soft Cheese
awardSecond Prize
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Foenegreek, 99.05
Class 20. Open Class - Semi-Soft Cheese
awardSecond Prize
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Aged, 99.7
awardThird Prize
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Belegen, 99.3
World Championship Cheese Contest, 2012
Class 36. Gouda, Aged
awardSecond Award
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Super 18-24 month, 98.9
awardThird Award
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Mature 6 - 9 month, 98.55
Class 37. Gouda, Flavored
awardBest of Class
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Cumin, 98.45
Class 50. Smoked Soft & Semi-Soft Cheeses
awardBest of Class
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Smoked, 99.65
Class 53. Open Class Semi-Soft Cheeses
awardBest of Class
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Golden, 98.85
World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Product Contest, 2011
Class 24. Open Class Cheese
awardSecond Place
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Smoked Cumin Gouda, 98.1
ACS Cheese Competition, 2011
Class DF: American Made/International Style, Dutch Style - Spices, Herbs, Seasonings, Fruits - All Milks
awardFirst Place
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Cumin
awardSecond Place
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Black Mustard
awardThird Place
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Mustard Melange
Class LC: Smoked Cheeses, Open Category made from Cow's Milk
awardFirst Place
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Smoked Cumin
Class MC: Farmstead Cheeses, Open Category Cow's Milk Cheeses (Semi-soft - aged 60 days or more, over 39% moisture)
awardSecond Place
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Belegen (4-6 month aged)
Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest, 2011
Class 0. Overall
awardGrand Master
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Gouda Belegen
Class 18. Open Class - Semi-Soft Cheese
awardBlue Ribbon
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Plain Belegen, 99.9
United States Championship Cheese Contest, 2011
Class Overall
awardSecond Runner-up
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Gouda Super, 98.9522
Class 30 Edam/Gouda, Mild
awardBest of Class
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Gouda Belegen, 99.4
awardThird Award
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Gouda Young, 99.1
Class 31 Gouda, Aged
awardBest of Class
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Gouda Super, 99.35
Class 32 Gouda, Flavored
awardSecond Award
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Gouda Pesto Basil, 98.8
awardThird Award
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Gouda Black Mustard, 98.6
Class 44 Smoked Soft and Semi-Soft Cheeses
awardBest of Class
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Gouda Smoked Cumin, 98.4
World Cheese Awards, 2010
Class 5232: Gouda - made after 01/12/09
awardSilver
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Super
ACS Cheese Competition, 2010
Class DD: American Made/International Style, Dutch Style - All Milks
awardSecond Place
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Premium
Class DF: American Made/International Style, Flavor Added Dutch Style - Spices, Herbs, Seasonings, Fruits
awardFirst Place
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Onion Garlic
Class LC: Smoked Cheeses, Open Category made from Cow's Milk
awardFirst Place
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Smoked
awardSecond Place
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Smoked Cumin
Class MC: Farmstead Cheeses, Open Category Cow's Milk Cheeses (Semi-soft - aged 60 days or more, over 39% moisture)
awardSecond Place
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Aged
World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Product Contest, 2010
Class 17. Open Class Semi-Soft Cheese
awardSecond Place
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Aged, 99.4
awardThird Place
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Burningmelange, 99.15
Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest, 2010
Class 18. Open Class - Semi-Soft Cheese
awardThird Prize
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Mature Gouda, 99.2
World Championship Cheese Contest, 2010
Class 38. Gouda, Flavored
awardBest of Class
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Burning Melange Gouda, 97.6
Class 49. Flavored Cheeses with Sweet or 'Dessert' Condiments
awardSecond Award
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Honey Clover, 99.25
World Cheese Awards, 2009
Class 58c: New Cheese - with additives. Open to any new cheese first marketed after 01/10/2008
awardBronze
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Clove
Class 62c: Gouda - made before 01/09/2008
awardSilver
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Super
awardSilver
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Overjarige
Class 62d: Gouda - made after 01/09/2008
awardSilver
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Mature
awardBronze
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Aged
World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Product Contest, 2009
Class 18. Open Class Semi-Soft Cheeses
awardFirst Place
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Plain Aged 9-12 months , 99
awardThird Place
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Foenegreek , 98.5
ACS Cheese Competition, 2009
Class DD: American Made/International Style, Dutch Style, all Milks
awardSecond Place
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Mature (6-9 months)
awardThird Place
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Young (2-3 months)
Class DF: American Made/International Style, Flavor Added Dutch Style
awardFirst Place
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Clove
awardThird Place
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Mustard Melange
awardThird Place
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Foenegreek
Class MF: Farmstead Cheeses, Open to All Cheeses with Flavor Added -- All Milks
awardThird Place
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Honey Clover
United States Championship Cheese Contest, 2009
Class 29. Edam, Gouda
awardThird Award
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke's Gouda Premium Aged, 99.2
Class 36. Flavored Semi-Soft Cheeses
awardSecond Award
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke's Clove (Cumin) Gouda, 99.75
ACS Cheese Competition, 2008
Class DD: American Made/International Style, Dutch Style, All Milks
awardFirst Place
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Plain Gouda - 4 mo
awardSecond Place
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Plain Gouda - 6 mo
Class DF: American Made/International Style, Flavor Added Dutch Style
awardThird Place
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Black Pepper Mix Gouda
Class LC: Smoked Cheeses, Open Category, Cow's Milk
awardFirst Place
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Smoked Gouda
awardSecond Place
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Smoked Cumin Gouda
Class MC: Farmstead Cheeses, Open Category, Cow's Milk
awardSecond Place
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda - Premium Old Plain
Class MF: Farmstead Cheeses, Flavor Added, All Milks
awardSecond Place
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Black Pepper Gouda
awardThird Place
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke Cumin Gouda
World Championship Cheese Contest, 2008
Class  37 - Gouda, Aged
awardSecond Award
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Marieke's Gouda, Aged, 98.45
Class  38 - Gouda, Flavored
awardSecond Award
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Foenegreek Gouda, 98.55
United States Championship Cheese Contest, 2007
Class 29. Open Class for Flavored Semi-soft Cheeses
awardBest of Class
Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
Feonegreek Gouda