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 Overall
awardBest of Show 3rd Place (Tie)
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
Jeffs’ Select Gouda
Class DD: American Made / International Style, Dutch-style (Gouda, Edam etc.) - all milks
awardFirst Place
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
Jeffs’ Select Gouda
awardSecond Place
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
Mild Gouda
awardThird Place
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
Aged Gouda
Class EA: Cheddars, Aged Cheddar - aged over 12 and up to 24 months - all milks
awardThird Place
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
Aged English Hollow
Class KM: Flavored Cheeses, Monterey Jack with Flavor Added - all milks
awardSecond Place
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
Jack the Reaper
awardThird Place
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
Pepper Jack
Class LC: Smoked Cheeses, Open Category - Smoked Cheeses - made from cow's milk
awardThird Place
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
Twin Grove Gouda
awardThird Place
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
Smoked Gouda
Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest, 2016
Class 13. Smoked Cheese
awardBlue Ribbon
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
Smoked Gouda, 99.55
Class 22. Open Class - Semi-Soft Cheese
awardBlue Ribbon
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
Fontina, 99.5
awardSecond Prize
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
Mild Gouda, 99.3
Class 23. Open Class – Hard Cheese
awardSecond Prize
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
Aged Gouda, 99.5
World Championship Cheese Contest, 2016
Class 3. Cheddar, Sharp (6 Months to 1 Year)
awardThird Award
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
English Hollow, 99.1
Class 4. Cheddar, Aged One to Two Years
awardSecond Award
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
English Hollow Cheddar, 99.6
Class 53. Pepper Flavored Monterey Jack, Mild Heat
awardSecond Award
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
Pepper Jack, 99.45
ACS Cheese Competition, 2015
Class DD: American Made / International Style, Dutch-style (Gouda, Edam etc.) - All Milks
awardThird Place
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
St. Mary’s Grassfed Gouda
Class JL: Low Fat / Low Salt Cheeses, Fat Free and Low Fat cheeses - All Milks
awardThird Place
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
Low-Fat Cheddar
Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest, 2015
Class 10. Flavored Pepper Cheese
awardBlue Ribbon
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
Chipotle White Cheddar, 99.775
Class 18. Reduced Fat or Lite Cheese
awardSecond Prize
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
Low Fat Cheddar, 99.3
Class 22. Open Class - Semi-Soft Cheese
awardBlue Ribbon
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
Gouda, 99.775
awardThird Prize
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
Swedish Fontina Wheel, 99.6
United States Championship Cheese Contest, 2015
Class 35 Gouda, Aged
awardBest of Class
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
Maple Leaf Traditional Gouda, 99.6
Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest, 2014
Class 3. Colby, Monterey Jack
awardBlue Ribbon
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
Monterey Jack, 98.95
Class 13. Smoked Flavored Cheese
awardSecond Prize
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
Smoked Gouda, 99.4
Class 20. Open Class - Semi-Soft Cheese
awardSecond Prize
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
Gouda, 99.1
World Championship Cheese Contest, 2014
Class 9. Monterey Jack
awardThird Award
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
Monterey Jack Wheel, 99.05
Class 51. Pepper Flavored Monterey Jack
awardBest of Class
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
Habenero Monterey Jack, 99.9
ACS Cheese Competition, 2013
Class EA: Cheddars, Aged Cheddar - Aged Over 12 and Up To 24 Months - All Milks
awardThird Place
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
English Hollow Cheddar
Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest, 2012
Class 2. Aged Cheddar
awardBlue Ribbon
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
English Hollow Cheddar, 99.3
Class 21. Open Class – Hard Cheese
awardSecond Prize
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
Traditional Gouda, 98.55
Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest, 2011
Class 9. Flavored Pepper Cheese
awardSecond Prize
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
Chipotle Cheddar, 98.45
Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest, 2010
Class 12. Flavored Hard Cheese
awardThird Prize
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
Maple Harvest Cheddar, 97.85
World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Product Contest, 2009
Class 3. Aged Cheddar
awardThird Place
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
Extra Sharp Cheddar , 98.6
ACS Cheese Competition, 2009
Class CP: American Originals, Monterey Jack with Flavors - Cow's Milk
awardThird Place
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
Pepper Jack
Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest, 2009
Class 2. Colby, Monterey Jack
awardThird Prize
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
Monterey Jack, 98.9
Class 9. Flavored Pepper Cheese
awardBlue Ribbon
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
Chipotle Cheddar, 97.4
Class 18. Open Class - Semi-Soft Cheese
awardBlue Ribbon
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
Warm Cured Yogurt Cheese, 99.3
United States Championship Cheese Contest, 2009
Class 4. Cheddar, Aged 1-2 Years
awardSecond Award
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
English Hollow Cheddar, 98.25
ACS Cheese Competition, 2008
Class EA: Aged Cheddars, All Milks (aged between 12 and 24 months)
awardFirst Place
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
English Hollow Cheddar
Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest, 2008
Class 2. Colby, Monterey Jack
awardThird Prize
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
Monterey Jack Wheel, 99.15
Class 9. Pepper Flavored Cheese
awardBlue Ribbon
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
Jalapeno Pepper Monterey Jack, 98.95
World Championship Cheese Contest, 2008
Class  4 - Cheddar, Aged One to Two Years
awardBest of Class
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
Cheddar, Aged One to Two Years, 99.75
Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest, 2007
Class 2. Colby, Monterey Jack
awardThird Prize
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
Monterey Jack, 98.9
Class 12. Flavored Hard Cheese
awardThird Prize
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
Maple White Cheddar, 98.0
World Championship Cheese Contest, 2006
Class 26. Pepper Flavored Cheeses
awardThird Award
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
Pepper Flavored Cheese, 98.85
ACS Cheese Competition, 2005
Class CJ: Monterey Jack Made from Cow's Milk
awardFirst Place
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
Monterey Jack
Class KP: Cheeses Flavored with Crushed or Whole Peppercorns or Savory Spices
awardSecond Place
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
Peppercorn Yogurt
Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest, 2004
Class 2. Colby, Monterey Jack
awardBlue Ribbon
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
Monterey Jack, 99.10
awardSecond Prize
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
Monterey Jack, 99.05
ACS Cheese Competition, 2004
Class EF: Cheddar, Flavor Added, Any Age
awardSecond Place
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
Horseradish Cheddar
Class KF: Flavored Cheeses, Flowers, Syrups
awardThird Place
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
Veggi Jack
Class KP: Cheeses Flavored with Crushed or Whole Peppercorns or Savory Spices
awardThird Place
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
Tomato Basil Yogurt
ACS Cheese Competition, 2003
Class JF: Low Fat/Low Salt Cheese, Flavor Added, All Milks
awardThird Place
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
Fiesta Pepper Yogurt Cheese
Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest, 2003
Class 2. Colby, Monterey Jack
awardSecond Prize
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
Monterey Jack, 99.3
Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest, 2002
Class 3. Colby, Monterey Jack
awardSecond Prize
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
Monterey Jack, 98.55
awardThird Prize
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
Monterey Jack, 98.5
United States Championship Cheese Contest, 1997
Class 9. Flavored Natural Cheeses
awardThird Award
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
Pesto Jack wheel
World Championship Cheese Contest, 1996
Class 3. Colby, Monterey Jack
awardThird Award
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
Monterey Jack
United States Championship Cheese Contest, 1995
Class 2. Colby, Monterey Jack
awardBest of Class
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc., Monroe, WI
Monterey Jack Wheel