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L'Etivaz
Via Alpina
Via Alpina
Stage 18, L'Etivaz–Rossinière
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Stage 17, Gstaad–L'Etivaz
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Tour des Alpes Vaudoises
Tour des Alpes Vaudoises
Stage 4, Château-d'Oex–L'Etivaz
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Tour des Alpes Vaudoises
Tour des Alpes Vaudoises
Stage 5, L’Etivaz–Les Diablerets
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L'Etivaz
Alpine Panorama Route
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Stage 8, Montbovon–Aigle
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Château-d'Oex
L'Etivaz

L'Etivaz

L'Etivaz belongs to the municipality of Château-d'Oex in the Pays-d'Enhaut of Canton Vaud, and lies on the road up to the Col des Mosses. L'Etivaz is famous for its cheese, the first Swiss mountain cheese to be awarded the AOP Protected Designation of Origin label.
The district possesses extensive alp pastures for summering cattle and dairy farming is still of vast importance. Some 2800 animals spend the summer grazing on the alp meadows of L'Etivaz. The wealth of Apine flora gives the milk a delicate flavour which is transferred to the cheese. From May to October, over one hundred alp dairies in the Vaud Alps process the raw milk into Etivaz mountain cheese – over an open fire, by hand and to traditional recipes. This was the first Swiss cheese to gain the AOP Protected Designation of Origin label.

L'Etivaz AOC is a distinctive raw-milk hard cheese, spicy, fruity and with a slightly nutty note. The cheese wheels weigh between 15 and 35 kilos and annual production is around 400 tonnes. Etivaz AOC is matured for between 5 and 13 months, hobelkäse (for planing to wafers) at least 30 months and is ideal to store. The Cooperative of L'Etivaz Alpine Cheese Producers, founded over 60 years ago, takes over the maturation of the cheese in the cooperative’s cellar at the entrance to L'Etivaz and also handles the marketing. The cheese can be sampled and also bought here in the L'Etivaz management, marketing, culture and tourist centre. The alp landscape is perfect for long summer hikes. En route from L'Etivaz towards Col des Mosses you reach La Lécherette and the valley of the Hongrin. The Lac de l'Hongrin (1255 m) was formed by damming the river. In winter La Lécherette offers a small ski area (also cross-country skiing) with a link to the larger ski region of Les Mosses.

Highlights

  • L'Etivaz AOC – a hard cheese made from raw milk and bearing the Protected Designation of Origin label can be sampled and bought in the Etivaz Cheese Centre.
  • Tiny old L'Etivaz Church – a church stood in L'Etivaz as early as the 15th century and was rebuilt in 1589.
  • Hiking region – the lesser- known valleys around L’Etivaz offer great hiking, to the Lac de l'Hongrin or over the Col de Jable to Gstaad (also with mountain bike or snowshoes).
L'Etivaz belongs to the municipality of Château-d'Oex in the Pays-d'Enhaut of Canton Vaud, and lies on the road up to the Col des Mosses. L'Etivaz is famous for its cheese, the first Swiss mountain cheese to be awarded the AOP Protected Designation of Origin label.
The district possesses extensive alp pastures for summering cattle and dairy farming is still of vast importance. Some 2800 animals spend the summer grazing on the alp meadows of L'Etivaz. The wealth of Apine flora gives the milk a delicate flavour which is transferred to the cheese. From May to October, over one hundred alp dairies in the Vaud Alps process the raw milk into Etivaz mountain cheese – over an open fire, by hand and to traditional recipes. This was the first Swiss cheese to gain the AOP Protected Designation of Origin label.

L'Etivaz AOC is a distinctive raw-milk hard cheese, spicy, fruity and with a slightly nutty note. The cheese wheels weigh between 15 and 35 kilos and annual production is around 400 tonnes. Etivaz AOC is matured for between 5 and 13 months, hobelkäse (for planing to wafers) at least 30 months and is ideal to store. The Cooperative of L'Etivaz Alpine Cheese Producers, founded over 60 years ago, takes over the maturation of the cheese in the cooperative’s cellar at the entrance to L'Etivaz and also handles the marketing. The cheese can be sampled and also bought here in the L'Etivaz management, marketing, culture and tourist centre. The alp landscape is perfect for long summer hikes. En route from L'Etivaz towards Col des Mosses you reach La Lécherette and the valley of the Hongrin. The Lac de l'Hongrin (1255 m) was formed by damming the river. In winter La Lécherette offers a small ski area (also cross-country skiing) with a link to the larger ski region of Les Mosses.

Highlights

  • L'Etivaz AOC – a hard cheese made from raw milk and bearing the Protected Designation of Origin label can be sampled and bought in the Etivaz Cheese Centre.
  • Tiny old L'Etivaz Church – a church stood in L'Etivaz as early as the 15th century and was rebuilt in 1589.
  • Hiking region – the lesser- known valleys around L’Etivaz offer great hiking, to the Lac de l'Hongrin or over the Col de Jable to Gstaad (also with mountain bike or snowshoes).

Arrival and return L'Etivaz

Adresse

Pays-d'Enhaut Région, Château d'Oex
Place du Village 6
1660 Château-d'Oex
Tel. +41 (0)26 924 25 25
info@chateau-doex.ch
www.chateau-doex.ch

Services

Accommodation

Auberge de Jeunesse Château-d'Oex
Auberge de Jeunesse Château-d'Oex
Château-d'Oex
Hotel de la Poste
Hotel de la Poste
Château-d'Oex
Hôtel Roc et Neige
Hôtel Roc et Neige
Château-d'Oex
Les Chambres d'Hôtes du Berceau
Les Chambres d'Hôtes du Berceau
Château d'Oex
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Places of interest

Gruyère Pays-d'Enhaut Regional Nature Park
Gruyère Pays-d'Enhaut Regional Nature Park
Natural Reserve of la Pierreuse
Natural Reserve of la Pierreuse
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Hiking in

L'Etivaz
Via Alpina
Via Alpina
Stage 18, L'Etivaz–Rossinière
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Via Alpina
Via Alpina
Stage 17, Gstaad–L'Etivaz
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Tour des Alpes Vaudoises
Tour des Alpes Vaudoises
Stage 4, Château-d'Oex–L'Etivaz
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Tour des Alpes Vaudoises
Tour des Alpes Vaudoises
Stage 5, L’Etivaz–Les Diablerets
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Cycling in

L'Etivaz
Alpine Panorama Route
Alpine Panorama Route
Stage 8, Montbovon–Aigle
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Mountain biking in

L'Etivaz
Alpine Bike