World-champion cheesemaker Michael Spycher is famed for Alpine cheeses, Le Gruyère AOP and Hornbacher. He is a fierce advocate for preserving Alpine cheesemaking and dairy farming traditions. Most recently Sphycher was crowned world champion at the World Championship Cheese Contest 2020.
With its subtle and sophisticated taste, Le Gruyère AOP is very popular all around the world. Produced since at least 1115 in the region surrounding the small town of Gruyère, it is still made today in village cheese dairies according to the traditional recipe. World champion cheesemaker Michael Spycher produces his Le Gruyère AOP using milk sourced from within 4 kilometers of his facility at Fritzenhaus Dairy. Their cows graze on succulent flowering meadows so they give pristine, and very nutritious milk, delivered twice a day.
Until 2014, Spycher and his wife Monika sold Hornbacher only in their own little cheese store and at the local market until it gained popularity outside of Switzerland and they decided to ramp up production.