Emmi Roth takes home 12 awards at 2019 World Cheese Awards

Emmi Roth received twelve awards for its Wisconsin-made and Swiss-imported cheeses at the 2019 World Cheese Awards in Bergamo, Italy, including two Super Gold awards for its Alpine-style cheeses.

Super Gold medals went to Wisconsin-made Roth Grand Cru Surchoix and Emmi Le Gruyère AOP, handcrafted in Switzerland.

Grand Cru Surchoix, made under the company’s Roth brand of cheeses, is part of its flagship line of washed-rind Alpine-style cheeses. Grand Cru Surchoix is aged a minimum of 9 months in cellars in Monroe, Wisconsin to create a firm texture and complex flavours of caramel, fruit and mushroom.

Emmi Le Gruyère AOP is hand-selected from just 40 dairies with careful consideration by Emmi among more than 160 creameries in small villages throughout Switzerland, ensuring only the best Le Gruyère cheeses are sold under the Emmi brand. Aged a minimum of 5 months, Le Gruyère AOP slowly matures in the cave-like atmosphere of the Emmi cellars as each wheel is delicately turned, lightly brined and brushed. This brings out the inimitable flavour featuring notes of candied walnuts, dried fruit and spice.

Emmi Roth also received awards for several of its other cheeses, including:


  • Roth Pavino
  • Emmi Le Gruyère AOP
  • Emmi Kaltbach Le Gruyère AOP


  • Emmi Le Gruyère AOP
  • Emmi Kaltbach Aged Gouda
  • Emmi Tête de Moine
  • Emmi Kaltbach Le Crémeux


  • Roth Monroe
  • Emmi Emmentaler AOP
  • Emmi Kaltbach Emmentaler AOP

“In addition to winning two Super Gold awards, we walked away with awards for our entire line of Kaltbach cave-aged cheeses, including our new Kaltbach Cave-Aged Gouda. This is really something we’re proud of,” said Tim Omer, president and managing director at Emmi Roth. “We are always proud of the work our cheesemakers and crew are doing, and getting recognised on an international stage makes us even more honoured to represent these great cheeses.”

Submissions for the World Cheese Awards are judged on a single day by carefully composed teams of technical experts, buyers, retailers and food authors. The jurors work in teams of three and identify all the cheeses, which then get a gold, silver or bronze award.

Judges look at the rind and the body of the cheese, its colour, texture, consistency and above all, its taste. Each of the teams then nominates an exceptional cheese as Super Gold from their table.

Out of 3,804 entries, only 84 cheeses are awarded a Super Gold title. A full list of this year’s winners is available online.

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