You can find out how Tête de Moine is made in the traditional manner.
- 14:00: Start of the manufacturing process (heating to renneting temperature)
- 14:30: Renneting (coagulation of the milk with the rennet)
- 15:00: De-curdling (cutting) then stirring and heating of the grains and whey
- 15:30: Removal of the cheese and filling the moulds
New combined ticket
From 1 June 2021, you can use a combined ticket to visit the Maison de la Tête de Moine in Bellelay and the Franches-Montagnes dairy in Le Noirmont.
In Bellelay, you will experience a journey through the history of the cheese speciality of the Jura Arc, Tête de Moine AOP. In a historic outbuilding of Bellelay Abbey, you can watch the cheese being made over a wood fire and learn more about the 800-year-old know-how in the production of Tête de Moine PDO during the educational guided tour. Until the end of October, you can also admire the giant hay sculptures in the area around the Maison de la Tête de Moine.
In Le Noirmont, you can discover the different contemporary stages of milk production, manufacture and maturation. Interactive games and exciting stories await you, such as the history of the Girolle® or the collection of unique lactic acid bacteria strains - a carefully preserved treasure of Swiss cultural heritage.
A cheese tasting is included in the price at both locations, and a shop with a wide selection of regional products awaits you.
The Maison de la Tête de Moine has a café and a large terrace. In Le Noirmont, you can enjoy a cheese snack to go, for example at the picnic area in front of the cheese dairy.
|Normal price||CHF 10.-|
|AHV, IV, students||CHF 8.-|
Please inform our staff on site, when buying an entrance ticket, about the possibility of obtaining a combined ticket.
Ticket valid until 31.12.2021.
Cannot be combined with other special offers.
Cannot be converted into cash.
20 years of PDO registration
This year Tête de Moine is celebrating 20 years since it was first registered as a protected designation of origin (PDO) product. Find out more about the events being held from 1st May 2021 at La Maison de la Tête de Moine.
Exhibition of sculptures
On the cultural side, an exhibition of four monumental sculptures, unprecedented in Switzerland, will be exhibited by Christian Burger in the grounds surrounding La Maison de la Tête de Moine.
It took eight people almost a week to create each of the sculptures made from hay. The creations can be admired in principle until October.
Maison de la Tête de Moine
Le Domaine 1
2713 Bellelay, Switzerland
Phone +41 32 484 03 16
Covid certificate required