Do you know what is munster? It is an Alsatian cheese with quite a strong taste. As its name indicates, it comes from the Valley of Munster. Still to this day, it can only be produced in some parts of the East of France (in the massif of the Vosges mainly). There are also in Alsace many farms producing munster. Now, you only need to know the good addresses to buy some, but also if the making interests you, to visit a dairy making it. Good news, I have just the place for you…
After visiting the Maison du Fromage that disappointed me, I decided to try the visit offered by the Ferme du Versant du Soleil, which was recommended to me by friends from the Valley of Munster. This time around, I came out delighted! The ferme du Versant du Soleil is located in Hohrod, just at the exit of the town of Munster. It is therefore easy to access.
The visits of the dairy are led by the farmer himself. He will explain the different stages of munster making, all the while making a demonstration. It’s clear and interesting! Then comes the time for a tasting: he gave me pieces of munster, of barikass (an Alsatian cheese with a longer and softener ripening than munster: a sort of local gruyere) and of tommette. These cheeses are made daily by the family Lau, the owner of the farm. This is a true artisanal making!
I did the visit in winter, which enables me to see the cows in the big barn that serves as their home in this season. During spring and fall, they are in meadows and in summer in the pastureland of the Vosges. The downward transhumance, at the end of the month of September, is done on foot and is the occasion for a big party at the farm, when everyone can participate. The farm also has goats (only for fun, as the dairy only produces cow cheese), chickens and rabbits. It’s always nice and fun for a visit with your family!
- Very interesting free visit
- Artisanal marking
- Possibility to see different farm animals
I liked a little less
My pictures of the visit of the dairy of the Versant du Soleil
The visit and tasting are free.
It is then possible to buy in the shop, munster, barikass, tommette, siasskass (fresh cheese to be eaten with sugar and a bit of kirsch!), butter, eggs and apple juice. Prices are very reasonable.
Visits last about 1h and happen all year long on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 am. In July and August, there is an additional visit at 10 am on Fridays. Individuals do not have to book and you just have to come for the time of the visit. For groups, please contact the Ferme du Versant du Soleil early.
The address is as follows: 21 A route de Weier 68140 Hohrod. Hohrod is located:
- 22 km from Colmar (about 30 minutes drive)
- 60 km from Mulhouse (about 1h drive)
- 95 km from Strasbourg (about 1h20 drive)
By public transport
It is not possible 🙁