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Raw milk

Tête de Moine AOP is good for your health, pleases your palate and your eye. Whereas pasteurisation destroys the natural microflora of the milk, unpasteurised or raw milk from the AOP region used for Tête de Moine AOP fully preserves its unique taste and is a prerequisite for the production of this cheese with its distinct aroma.


The lactose present in milk in nature is largely found in the whey during cheese production. Whey is the watery component left over after the cheese has been formed. Whatever lactose remains will be completely decomposed during the cheese maturing process so that Tête de Moine AOP may also be savoured by people who are intolerant to lactose.

Celiac disease

Tête de Moine AOP is made from silage-free milk, rennin, milk cultures and salt, without any additives. Tête de Moine AOP, therefore, does not contain any gluten which makes it edible for people suffering from celiac disease or gluten enteropathy.

Is the rind of Tête de Moine AOP edible ?

The cheeses are brushed with a mixture of saline and bacteria culture so that they form a smear on their rind, a natural process that promotes maturation from the exterior to the interior of the cheese. No colours or chemical surface treating agents are allowed. During the production and the maturation cycle bacteriological analysis of the cheese are constantly made to secure the consumer’s health. While being pared the rind of Tête de Moine AOP crumbles and falls onto the base of the shaving knife. However, it can also be removed from around the sides of the cheese with a vegetable peeler.


Cheese is the concentrated and easily digestible form of milk. Cheese is unbeatable as a supplier of calcium and proteins, it contains more proteins than meat or fish.

The most important minerals in cheese are calcium and, in particular, magnesium. Cheese also provides vitamins, like vitamin A and some of the vitamin B group.

Average nutritional values per 100 g :
Water 35,0 g
Protein 25,0 g
Fat 35,0 g
Minerals 4,0 g
Joules 1'735 kJ
Calories 415 kcal

Did you know ?

  • Sleep and taste

    Sleep and taste

    Spend a night in our region and we will offer you half a Tête de Moine AOP CLASSIC cheese.

    If you stay overnight for at least one night in accommodation in the Tête de Moine region of origin from 1st July to 31st October 2022, you will receive half a Tête de Moine AOP CLASSIC cheese per family.

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  • New combined ticket

    New combined ticket

    On sale at the Maison de la Tête de Moine in Bellelay and at the Franches-Montagnes cheese dairy

    From 1 June to 31 December 2022, this combination ticket entitles you to a special price for a visit to the Maison de la Tête de Moine and the Fromagerie des Franches-Montagnes show dairy

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  • Exhibition of sculptures by Christian Burger

    Exhibition of sculptures by Christian Burger

    In the cultural section, an exhibition of four monumental sculptures, never before seen in Switzerland, will be presented on the grounds around the Maison de la Tête de Moine.

    The works, made of hay by eight people, each require almost a week of work. The creations can be admired in principle until October.

  • Photo exhibition by Pierre Montavon

    Photo exhibition by Pierre Montavon

    20 years PDO - From May 1st, 2021 a photo exhibition by Mr. Pierre Montavon on the theme of the new book l'Univers de la Tête de Moine will be presented at the Maison de la Tête de Moine.

    This exhibition of photographs from the book will portray the character of this cheese. The exhibition also portrays the many people who contribute passionately to the success of this cheese, from the dairy farm to the Michelin-starred restaurant and, of course, to the cheese dairies.

  • The universe of Tête de Moine

    The universe of Tête de Moine

    Once upon a time there was a cheese like no other. Published to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the PDO certification, this book relates the odyssey of the Tête de Moine.

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  • 5th Festival of the Tête de Moine

    5th Festival of the Tête de Moine

    The 5th Festival of Tête de Moine took place in Bellelay from April 29th to May 1st 2022.

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