History in the making
Thank you for choosing to discover how Comté has become the prestigious, delicious cheese that it is today.
To reveal each piece of the amazing story, simply move your cursor around the cheese wheel opposite in a clockwise direction, starting from the black and white picture. As it passes over each segment, the title of the page will appear above the wheel. If you click on that segment, the Comté story will unfold right here before your eyes.
At the heart of village life for over ten centuries
For more than ten centuries, villagers of Jura Massif, Eastern France have lovingly crafted a unique and delicious cheese: Comté. This stunning region of mountains stretches between Jura and Doubs in the Franche-Comté region, and Ain in the Rhones-Alpes region, and is home to over 3,000 family farms dedicated to producing the highest quality of raw milk that is required to create Comté cheese. Today it is not only loved by millions of people in France, but all over world.
Inseparable from the Jura Massif region, Eastern France
Our cows are specially approved by law
Crafted by generations of farmers, fruitières & affineurs
co-operative approach and artisan traditions that it was founded on over 1,000 years ago. Each day it is lovingly crafted in around 170 small village cheese dairies known as fruitières. Often situated in the heart of the village, each fruitière continues to receive milk from dedicated dairy farms situated within an 8 mile radius to guarantee its absolute freshness.
Over time a crust appears and every Comté wheel develops its unique smooth texture, rich colour and delicious range of flavours.
To maintain this natural process, the exclusion of additives and colourings at any stage of the process still applies today, as do strict rules preventing changes in the milk production.
Prestigious AOC status since 1958
You could say that it acts as a contract between farmers, fruitières, affineurs and their customers to maintain the taste and natural character of Comté.
This prestigious status was further recognised in 1996 when Comté was awarded the exclusive Protected Origin Nomenclature (AOP) status which recognises and rewards Comté’s remarkable reputation throughout the whole of Europe, and not only in France.
Each wheel tells a unique story
Adored by chefs around the world
Comté cheese is adored by respected and revered chefs all over the world. With its array of delicious flavours, Comté’s a perfect addition to so many mouth watering dishes. Its ability to melt easily means it can be added to all kinds of recipes, giving every single one of them a naturally unique flavour.
To discover tasty recipes, click here.