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Discover Abondance Cheese

A unique place for the curious and for foodies of all ages.

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NEWS: Wanted!

8 cheeses have escaped…
Your job is to find them with an interactive game on a tablet or smartphone.

Go in search of them with your mobile phone or tablet!

It’s piece of cake (or cheese)! Just download the PégaseLAB application from Apple Store or Google Play, click on “Add a game” and enter the code 1583rfm, then get down to the Maison du Fromage for a Savoie cheese hunt!

A free game accessible during your visit.

Ask at the reception desk to borrow a tablet and to download the game on your smartphone.

Experience and Discover the Mysteries of Abondance Cheese!

Are you an adventurer at heart?

Unravel all the mysteries of our cheese by taking part in an extraordinary experience…

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The 5 Senses Discovery Area

The Maison du Fromage Abondance

Whether you are on your own, with the family, in a group, the independent tour allows you to visit the Maison du Fromage Abondance at your own pace. Discover the secrets of this Valley’s iconic cheese in 9 steps:
♦ Be seduced to the heart of the valley,
♦ Appreciate the ancestral expertise passed down through generations,
♦ Discover the stages for manufacturing Abondance cheese (the cows  grazing in the meadows, the milk they produce, and the work carried out by men and women),
♦ Admire the slowly maturing cheese wheels through the window that looks out across the cheese cellar,
♦ Expand your knowledge with the cheese bar presenting the 8 Savoie quality cheeses,
♦ Become a fine connoisseur by distinguishing the characteristics of each label that guarantees the quality of our products,
♦ Know when, how, where and with whom to buy your cheese,
♦ Unleash the chef inside of you, after learning how to cook with this cheese,
And finally,
♦ Thrill your taste buds by tasting Abondance cheese at the end of your visit!

The new staging and equipment makes it much more fun. The Maison du Fromage provides a new experience both in substance and form.

Visit the Maison du Fromage

Visits

Family Tour
Our site is particularly sensitive to making it fun for children, there’s a play area and colouring, gamebooks, to make the visit around the site fun and full of discoveries. Ask at the reception desk for details.

Guided Tour
Upon request our mediators can take you on a guided tour (minimum 4 persons and depending on availability). Information is available in English.

Duo Visit
1 ticket = 2 sites at a reduced rate.
Visit the Maison du Fromage Abondance and Abondance Abbey at special prices.

Prices

Prices

  • Full price
  • Reduced price
  •  2019 Prices

    Entrance

  • Full price

    €5

  • Reduced price

    €4*

  •  2019 Prices

    Guided Tour

  • Full price

    €2.50

  • Reduced price

    €2**

  •  2019 Prices

    Tasting

  • Full price

    €2.50

  • Reduced price

    €2.50

     2019 Prices

    Duo Visit

  • Full price

    €7.50

  • Reduced price

    €7.50

Free for children under 8-yrs-old
* Families, students, unemployed, disabled persons
** Children from 6 to 17-years-old

Children’s Groups

Please see the the catalogue of activities for children’s groups to prepare your visit.

A journey through the landscapes, gestures, know-how and senses.

♦ dive into an exceptional territory
♦ people, traditions, expertise
♦ from the stable to the table: the cow, the milk, its transformation and tasting
♦ manufacture from yesteryear to the current day
♦ an open window into the maturing cellar
♦ learn about the 7 other Savoy quality cheeses
♦ a sensory approach

Optional:
Taste a little Abondance cheese with a glass farmhouse apple juice!

For more info

A Guided Tour for the Youngsters!

To enrichen and relive the Maison du Fromage Abondance guided tour, pupil work-books are available. Ask at reception!

Do You Want to Remember your Visit – Go Home with a Souvenir !
Follow up with a visit to our shop with local products.
You may also order in the shop beforehand.
To do this, download the shop’s catalogue, choose your products and fill in the order form by CLICKING HERE!

Discover the other diverse workshops and games at the Maison du Fromage Abondance:

♦ “Bastien, the Young Farmer” discovery game about life on a farm
♦  “Wake Up your Senses!”, about Savoie cheeses
♦  “Transmission Mission”, about intangible heritage
♦  “Traditional Housing” visit

For more info, download the 2018-2019 activity catalogue and prices by CLICKING HERE!

DUO Ticket (€7 per pupil):
Enjoy two activities at a reduced price at the Maison du Fromage:

♦ Guided Tour
♦ Workshop of your choice

… or an activity with our partner site, the Abondance Abbey.
♦ Guided tour of the Maison du Fromage Abondance
♦ “In Giacomo’s Footsteps” Discovery Game at the Abondance Abbey

Trans’Abondance Ski: shuttle bus especially for children’s groups holidaying in Abondance

Le Trans’Abondance Ski is a free bus service for children’s groups holidaying in the Abondance commune. It runs from Christmas holidays to the end of March, depending on the demand.
The destinations served from the accommodation are:
♦ The Essert Cable Car
♦ Ludoffaz Ice Rink
♦ The Maison du Fromage Abondance
♦ Abondance Abbey.

Information and mandatory reservations the day before at the latest:
Essert Cable Car: +33 (0)4 50 73 76 87.

Adults’ Groups

Check the Activity Catalogue for Special Groups to prepare your visit.

A 9-step itinerary crossing the prairies, gestures, expertise and senses. On the programme there is advice on tasting and showcasing other Savoie cheeses.

From cows grazing in the prairies via the cheese’s manufacturing stage, to tasting at the table, Abondance cheese will have no secrets for you after this guided tour! According to your desires and the time you have available you can opt for any of the following:

♦ an independent visit,
♦ a guided tour,
♦ a tasting or snack,
♦ a DUO offer (with Abondance Abbey),
♦ “Wine & Cheese Pairings” workshop,
♦ a themed day: “Between Alpine Meadows and Grapevines”
Take a look at our catalogue of activities and prices.

Fancy taking home a souvenir?

After your visit take a wander around our shop of local products!
Many farmhouse products are on offer, discover or rediscover the 8 Savoie cheeses, but also cheeses that are made exclusively in the valley!
You will also find numerous other local produce such as jams, honey, wine, publications and much more!

Attractions

  • Animation accords vins fromages

    WINE AND CHEESE PAIRINGS

    Be surprised by wine and cheese pairings, a perfect way to be submerged in the Savoyard territory.
    Wednesdays 19th and 26th February 2020 at 5:30 pm.
    Price: €7.50.
    Places are limited and reservation is mandatory before midday at: 04 50 73 06 34 or by mail.

  • Animation petits fromagers

    Little Cheesemakers

    Workshops for children 6 to 12 yrs. old.
    From milking the cows to the table, what are the secrets of transforming milk into cheese? Become an apprentice cheesemaker for this workshop and go home with your own cheese to eat!
    Thursdays from 13th February to 5th March 2020 at 10 am.
    Price: €6
    Places are limited and reservation is mandatory before midday at: 04 50 73 06 34 or by mail.

  • Animation marmotte

    Meet the Marmots

    Have fun with the family and follow the adventure of two comical marmots to learn all about this typical mountain animal.

    Wednesdays 12th February to 4th March 2020 at 2:30 pm
    Price: €4 from 3-years-old
    Reservation mandatory in the valley’s Tourist Offices. Limited spaces.

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    Continue Your Visit by Calling into the Shop Selling Local Produce

    Discover or rediscover the 8 Savoie cheeses, but also cheeses made exclusively in the valley!

    To accompany your chosen cheeses: jams, honey, Savoie wines, fruit juices, beers and a range of local produce are on sale in the shop!

    You will also find books testifying to the heritage, customs and life in the Abondance valley, as well as plenty of souvenirs!

  • berthoud

    ... not forgetting the famous little dish: the Berthoud!

    The Interprofessional Syndicate of Abondance Cheese and restaurateurs in the valley got together with a common idea: to defend and promote the “Berthoud” recipe.

    In partnership with a specialised company a special bowl was produced especially for this emblem of Chablais’ culinary heritage.

    Made in France this bowl is on sale in the shop at the Maison du Fromage Abondance.

    Price: €13.50 for two bowls

Quelques recettes

Our Abondance Recipes

Recipes using other types of cheese from the valley.

The AFTALP (Association of Traditional Cheese from the Savoyard Alps) suggest even more recipes using the 8 Savoie cheeses:

8 autumn – winter recipes
8 spring – summer recipes

Fancy a raclette or a fondu?

La Maison du Fromage Abondance will lend you a raclette or fondu apparatus if you purchase any raclette or fondu cheese!

You will be required to leave a deposit cheque for €60.

 

Partners

The Maison du Fromage Abondance (as the Abondance Abbey) is a municipal structure affiliated with the Abondance Cultural Hub. They are a member of various professional networks such as:

Réseau Empreintes
Guides du Patrimoine des Pays de Savoie
♦ Savoie Mont Blanc Juniors 
♦ Visites en Chablais
Geopark Chablais Unesco
Route des Fromages de Savoie, AFTalp
Môm’Art

The Maison du Fromage Abondance works in close collaboration and is supported by many institutional partners:

Syndicat Interprofessionnel du Fromage Abondance (SIFA)
Conseil Départemental de la Haute-Savoie
Syndicat Intercommunal d’Aménagement du Chablais (SIAC)
Communauté de Communes Pays d’Evian Vallée d’Abondance (CCPEVA)
Fondation Crédit Agricole – Pays de France / Crédit Agricole des Savoie

They are one of the Pays d’art et d’histoire Pays d’Evian Vallée d’Abondance’s cornerstones, awarded the title in 2019 by the Minister of Culture and Communication and is testimony to the architectural, patrimonial and natural riches of this flamboyant territory. Their activity is supported by the Abondance Tourist Office.

Download the Pays d’Art et d’Histoire Pays d’Evian Vallée d’Abondance brochure here “Hiver 2018-2019”.



France Bleu Pays de Savoie: our events’ radio partner.

Practical Information

Access

The Maison du Fromage Abondance is located at the heart of the Abondance valley:
♦ 5 minutes on foot from the village centre, itinerary “Tour du Village”,
♦ 27km from Thonon-les-Bains and Evian-les-Bains on the D22,
♦ 65km from Geneva Airport.

It is served by the Colombus coaches, stop “Maison du Fromage Abondance” (during school holidays).

Free parking available.
The site is accessible to persons with reduced mobility.

Opening Times

The Maison du Fromage Abondance is open (almost) all year round.

See the opening times

Contact

MAISON DU FROMAGE ABONDANCE
Plaine d’Offaz
74360 ABONDANCE
tél : +33 (0)4 50 73 06 34

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