Where It Comes from Matters

Wisconsin's unique cheesemaking heritage has produced exceptional cheese for more than 175 years. Cheesemakers have long lauded the state's lush grasslands and glacial water supply as the perfect ingredients for producing superior milk and, of course, unexcelled cheese. Today, third- and fourth-generation cheesemakers are continuing old-world traditions and setting new standards in cheesemaking craftsmanship and artistry. The state's 1,200 cheesemakers produce more than 600 varieties, types and styles of cheese, all made under the most stringent state standards for safety, grading and quality. In fact, Wisconsin was the first state to grade cheese for quality and the only state with an advanced training program to help cheesemakers become truly masters of their craft. It's no wonder Wisconsin Cheese wins more awards than any U.S. state or nation in the world.