A legendary cheese
Since the 11th century, the history of cheese in the Abondance Valley has been intrinsically linked to the history of the Abondance Abbey. From this time, the monks realized that this cheese could become the true wealth of the Abondance Valley, lost in the mountains, and serve as currency.
Forest clearance, perfecting livestock breeding, creating alpine pastures and grazing land ... The monks of the Abondance Abbey encouraged the development of husbandry. They favoured a breed of cattle to graze at altitude which would take the name of the valley. They received as payment of tax the summer milk production, transformed into cheese.