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 KO: Flavored Cheeses, Sheep Cheese with Flavor Added - 100% Sheep's milk
awardSecond Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Driftless-cranberry cinnamon
awardThird Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Driftless- Maple
Class TS: Washed Rind Cheeses, Open Category - Washed Rind Cheeses Aged more than 60 days - up to 42% moisture - Sheep's, mixed, or other milks
awardFirst Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Meadow Melody Grande Reserve
awardThird Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Meadow Melody Reserve
World Championship Cheese Contest, 2016
Class 87. Flavored Soft & Semi-soft (Semi-hard) Sheep's Milk Cheeses
awardBest of Class
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Driftless - Honey/Lavender, 99.75
awardThird Award
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Driftless- Cranberry Cinnamon, 99.55
Class 94. Hard Mixed Milk Cheeses
awardSecond Award
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Meadow Melody Grande Reserve, 99.7
ACS Cheese Competition, 2015
Class DS: American Made / International Style, Open Category - Sheep's, Mixed or Other Milks
awardFirst Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Manchego Reserve
Class IS: Feta Cheeses, Feta - Sheep's, Mixed or Other Milks
awardThird Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Farmstead Feta
Class KO: Flavored Cheeses, Sheep Cheese with Flavor Added - 100% Sheep's Milk
awardFirst Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Driftless-Honey Lavender
awardSecond Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Driftless-Cranberry Cinnamon
awardThird Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Driftless- Basil /Olive Oil
Class OO: Sheep’s Milk Cheeses, Fresh Rindless Sheep's Milk Cheese Aged 0 to 30 days
awardSecond Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Driftless Natural
Class OU: Sheep’s Milk Cheeses Aged Over 60 days
awardThird Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Meadow Melody Reserve
Class TS: Washed Rind Cheeses, Open Category - Sheep's, Mixed, or Other Milks
awardFirst Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Meadow Melody
Class TS: Washed Rind Cheeses, Open Category - Sheep's, Mixed, or Other Milks
awardSecond Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Timber Coulee Reserve
United States Championship Cheese Contest, 2015
Class 73 Soft & Semi-Soft Sheep's Milk Cheeses
awardThird Award
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Farmstead Feta, 97.55
Class 74 Flavored Soft & Semi-Soft Sheep's Milk Cheeses
awardSecond Award
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Driftless - Honey/Lavender, 98.75
awardThird Award
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Driftless- Cranberry Cinnamon, 98.65
Class 76 Hard Sheep's Milk Cheeses
awardBest of Class
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Ocooch Reserve, 99.4
awardThird Award
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Timber Coulee Reserve, 99.15
ACS Cheese Competition, 2014
Class KO: Flavored Cheeses, Fresh Sheep Cheese with Flavor Added - 100% sheep's milk
awardFirst Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Driftless-Honey Lavender
awardSecond Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Driftless- Maple
awardThird Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Driftless-cranberry cinnamon
Class MS: Farmstead Cheeses, Farmstead Category Aged 60 days or more - made from sheep's or mixed milks
awardFirst Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Meadow Melody Grande
Class OO: Sheep’S Milk Cheeses, Fresh Rindless Sheep's Milk Cheese Aged 0 to 30 days
awardFirst Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Driftless Natural
Class OU: Sheep’S Milk Cheeses, Sheep's Milk Cheese Aged Over 60 days
awardSecond Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Timber Coulee
awardThird Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Ocooch Mountain Reserve
Class TS: Washed Rind Cheeses, Open Category - Washed Rind Cheeses - made from sheep's or mixed milks
awardFirst Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Timber Coulee Reserve
awardSecond Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Meadow Melody
World Championship Cheese Contest, 2014
Class 79. Soft & Semi-soft (Semi-hard) Sheep's Milk Cheeses
awardSecond Award
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Farmstead Feta, 99.1
Class 86. Hard Mixed Milk Cheeses
awardBest of Class
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Meadow Melody Grande, 99.6
awardSecond Award
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Meadow Melody Reserve, 99.4
ACS Cheese Competition, 2013
Class IS: Feta Cheeses, Feta - Made from Sheep's Milk or Mixed Milks
awardThird Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Farmstead Feta
Class OO: Sheep’s Milk Cheeses, Fresh Rindless Sheep's Milk Cheese Aged 0 to 30 days
awardThird Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Driftless Natural
Class OU: Sheep’s Milk Cheeses, Sheep's Milk Cheese Aged Over 60 days
awardSecond Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Ocooch Mountain Reserve
awardSecond Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Timber Coulee Reserve
Class TS: Washed Rind Cheeses, Open Category - Made from Sheep's Milk or Mixed Milks
awardSecond Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Ocooch Mountain
awardThird Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Meadow Melody
United States Championship Cheese Contest, 2013
Class 72 Flavored Soft & Semi-soft Sheep's Milk Cheeses
awardBest of Class
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Driftless Maple, 98.65
awardSecond Award
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Driftless Honey Lavender, 98.15
Class 74 Hard Sheep's Milk Cheeses
awardBest of Class
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Ocooch Mountain, 99.2
awardThird Award
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Timber Coulee Grande, 99.05
ACS Cheese Competition, 2012
Class OO: Fresh Sheep's Milk Cheeses, Open Category
awardFirst Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Driftless – Natural
Class OF: Fresh Sheep's Milk Cheeses, Flavor Added – spices, herbs, seasonings, fruits
awardThird Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Driftless – Cranberry Cinnamon
Class VS: Washed Rind Cheeses, Open Category – made from Sheep’s MKilk or Mixed Milks
awardSecond Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Meadow Melody Reserve
World Championship Cheese Contest, 2012
Class 72. Flavored Soft & Semi-Soft Sheep's Milk Cheeses
awardSecond Award
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
maple flavor fresh cheese, 98.95
Class 78. Hard Mixed Milk Cheeses
awardThird Award
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
washed rind cow/sheep (Meadow Melody), 97.1
ACS Cheese Competition, 2011
Class IS: Feta Cheeses, Feta Made from Sheep's or Mixed Milk
awardFirst Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Farmstead Feta
Class OF: Fresh Sheep's Milk Cheeses, Flavor Added: Spices, Herbs, Seasonings, Fruits, Etc.
awardFirst Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Driftless - Cranberry
awardSecond Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Driftless - Maple
awardThird Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Driftless - Honey Lavendar
Class TO: Aged Sheep's Milk Cheeses, Open Category
awardSecond Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Ocooch Reserve
Class VS: Washed Rind Cheeses, Open Category Made from Sheep and/or Mixed Milks
awardSecond Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Ocooch
awardThird Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Meadow Melody
United States Championship Cheese Contest, 2011
Class 65 Soft & Semi-Soft Sheep’s Milk Cheeses
awardThird Award
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Fresh Soft, 97.3
Class 66 Flavored Soft & Semi-Soft Sheep’s Milk Cheeses
awardSecond Award
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Maple Fresh Soft Cheese, 98.45
awardThird Award
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Honey/lavendar fresh soft cheese, 98.4
Class 68 Hard Sheep's Milk Cheeses
awardBest of Class
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Ocooch Reserve- raw milk washed rind, 99.2
ACS Cheese Competition, 2010
Class OF: Fresh Sheep's Milk Cheeses, Flavor Added: Spices, Herbs, Seasoning, Fruits, Etc.
awardFirst Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Driftless Honey Lavender
awardSecond Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Driftless Cranberry Cinnamon
awardThird Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Driftless Maple
Class VS: Washed Rind Cheeses, Open Category Made from Sheep and/or Mixed Milks
awardSecond Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Ocooch Mountain Reserve
World Championship Cheese Contest, 2010
Class 70. Soft & Semi-Soft Sheep's Milk Cheeses
awardSecond Award
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Fresh Soft Cheese, 98.55
ACS Cheese Competition, 2009
Class IS: Feta Cheeses, Feta Made from Sheep's Milk
awardFirst Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Farmstead Feta
Class OO: Fresh Sheep's Milk Cheeses, Rindless, Unaged, Fresh Sheep Cheeses
awardSecond Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Driftless Natural
Class OF: Fresh Sheep's Milk Cheeses, Flavor Added
awardFirst Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Driftless Honey Lavender
awardSecond Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Driftless Basil
awardSecond Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Driftless Maple
awardThird Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Driftless Cranberry
Class VS: Washed Rind Cheeses, Open Category Made from Sheep's Milk
awardSecond Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Ocooch Mountain
Class VA: Washed Rind Cheeses, Aged >90 days with <42% moisture, all milks
awardSecond Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Ocooch Mountain Reserve
United States Championship Cheese Contest, 2009
Class 54. Soft & Semi-Soft Sheep’s Milk
awardBest of Class
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Driftless, 99.1
Class 55. Flavored Soft & Semi-Soft Sheep’s
awardBest of Class
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Driftless-Honey/Lavender, 99
awardThird Award
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Driftless-Basil, 98.65
ACS Cheese Competition, 2008
Class IC: Feta Cheeses, Feta, Cow's Milk
awardThird Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Hidden Springs Feta
Class OO: Fresh Sheep's Milk Cheeses, Rindless, Unaged, Fresh Sheep Cheeses
awardSecond Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Driftless - Natural
Class OF: Fresh Sheep's Milk Cheeses, Flavor Added
awardFirst Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Driftless Cranberry
awardSecond Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Driftless Basil
awardThird Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Driftless Tomato Garlic
Class VS: Washed Rind Cheeses, Open Category, Sheep's Milk
awardFirst Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Ocooch Mtn Cheese
Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest, 2008
Class 21. Sheep & Mixed Milk Cheese
awardBlue Ribbon
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Fresh Pasteurized Sheep Milk Cheese (Natural), 99.0
awardThird Prize
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Fresh Pasteurized Sheep Milk Cheese (Basil), 97.75
World Championship Cheese Contest, 2008
Class  66 - Soft Sheep's Milk & Mixed Milk Cheeses
awardThird Award
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Fresh Soft Sheep Milk Cheese, 99.15
Class  67 - Flavored Soft Sheep's Milk & Mixed Milk Cheeses
awardBest of Class
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Fresh Soft Sheep Milk Cheese w/ Fresh Basil & Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 99.40
ACS Cheese Competition, 2007
Class MS: Farmstead Cheeses , Open Category, Sheep's Milk
awardThird Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Driftless Basil
Class OO: Fresh Sheep's Milk Cheeses, Open Category
awardFirst Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Driftless Natural
Class OF: Fresh Sheep's Milk Cheeses, Flavor Added
awardThird Place
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Driftless Honey Lavender
United States Championship Cheese Contest, 2007
Class 44. Soft & Semi-soft Sheep's Milk Cheeses
awardBest of Class
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Fresh Sheep Milk; Honey Lavender
awardSecond Award
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
Fresh Sheep Milk; Natural