Our History

We have done some digging in our mums' aunties' and grandads' attics to present you with the exclusive history of Güntensperger cheese. It all starts with the first mention of the dairy – then named dairy Mettlen after the village it is situated in – in a cash ledger in 1868.

1868

First mention as dairy Mettlen in a cash book.

1960

12 September: August Güntensperger acquires the Mettlen dairy.

1963 - Heinz - Peter - Paul

1963

From left to right: Heinz* and the twins Paul and Peter*.

*now trained cheesemakers

1965 - Mettlen - 7

1965

Käsermeister (cheese master) August Güntensperger in the Mettlen Dairy, Müselbach.

1968 - Vater mit Söhnen

1968

From left to right: Paul, Peter*, Heinz*, Markus and August* Güntensperger with Stefan*, posing outside Mettlen Dairy, Müselbach.

*now trained cheesemakers

1979

August's son Peter Güntensperger takes over the dairy.

1992_1_CCE27032017_0007

1992

We celebrate 125 years dairy Mettlen and 38 years of the name Güntensperger associated with it. In the picture top left: the milk suppliers of dairy Mettlen with their wives. Newspaper clipping.

1994 - IMG_20170320_0001

1994 

Heinz Güntensperger (behind) Sohn Reto Güntensperger (front, at 10 years old).

1994 - IMG_20170320_0017

1994

Reto Güntensperger, cousin Aemisegger Michi and intern Wenk Michi on work experience with Heinz in the Bodmen Dairy.

2000 - IMG_20170320_0019

2000

The Bütschwil Dairy. Today we still make all our cheeses in the Bütschwil and Bodmen dairies. Mettlen, the original site, is where our goat's cheese is made.

2000 - IMG_20170320_0004

2000

In front of the Bodmen Dairy, Dreien, cheese master Heinz Güntensperger stands with his milk suppliers, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the production at Bodmen.

2012

Güntensperger Cheese is founded by combining the two dairies Bütschwil Käse AG and Müselbach Käse AG.

Reto and his cousin Roman Egli make their first professional steps towards selling their own products (Roter Teufel and Firstkönig). Meanwhile Roman is still working fulltime for the St. Gallen police.

170424--(26)

2016

Work begins on our new warehouse with cheese cellars and maturing rooms.

2017

Güntensperger set up a branch in Konstanz, Germany, the Bütschwil Käse GmbH.

1873

First record mentioning the Mettlen alpine dairy.

Molkereischule 1939

1939

August Güntersperger with colleagues from the Bernese Molkereischule Rütti-Zollikofen (Dairy School).

1964 - IMG_20170320_0002

1964

Heinz Güntensperger in the cheese cellar of the Mettlen Dairy, Müselbach.

1964 - Mettlen - 1

1964

Loading the cheese at the Mettlen Dairy, Müselbach.

1965 - Vor der Käserei

1965

August Güntensperger in front of the Mettlen dairy, Müselbach, with his Studebaker.

1975 - IMG_20170320_0009

1974

Old cheese master Josef Eberle with his wife Anna, in front of a cheese kettle containing 1000 liters of milk at the Bodmen Dairy. The dairy was renovated shortly after in 1975. 

1992 - Käsermeister Peter Güntensperger im Käsekeller Mettlen, in Müselbach

1992

Master cheesemaker Peter Güntensperger in the cheese cellar at Mettlen dairy.

1994_CCE27032017

1994

Peter and Heinz are awarded the 1A quality mark for their Appenzeller cheese and chosen in the top 10 of 111 Appenzeller producers.

2005

First tests and devlopment of specialty cheeses, produced in small batches.

2009

Reto succesfully completes his 'Meister' cheesemaker exam and returns to the family business.

2013

2013

Milk was delivered in milk churns up until around 2013.

2016

Roman Egli joins the company full-time as Head of Sales. The range of cheeses is continuously growing.

1868

First mention as dairy Mettlen in a cash book.

1873

First record mentioning the Mettlen alpine dairy.

Molkereischule 1939

1939

August Güntersperger with colleagues from the Bernese Molkereischule Rütti-Zollikofen (Dairy School).

1960

12. September: August Güntensperger kauft die Käserei Mettlen.

1963 - Heinz - Peter - Paul

1963

From left to right: Heinz* and the twins Paul and Peter*.

*now trained cheesemakers

1964 - IMG_20170320_0002

1964

Heinz Güntensperger in the cheese cellar of the Mettlen Dairy, Müselbach.

1964 - Mettlen - 1

1964

Loading the cheese at the Mettlen Dairy, Müselbach.

1965 - Mettlen - 7

1965

Käsermeister (cheese master) August Güntensperger in the Mettlen Dairy, Müselbach.

1965 - Vor der Käserei

1965

August Güntensperger in front of the Mettlen dairy, Müselbach, with his Studebaker.

1968 - Vater mit Söhnen

1968

From left to right: Paul, Peter*, Heinz*, Markus and August* Güntensperger with Stefan*, posing outside Mettlen Dairy, Müselbach.

*now trained cheesemakers

1975 - IMG_20170320_0009

1974

Old cheese master Josef Eberle with his wife Anna, in front of a cheese kettle containing 1000 liters of milk at the Bodmen Dairy. The dairy was renovated shortly after in 1975. 

1979

Übergabe der Käserei von August Güntensperger an Sohn Peter.

1992_1_CCE27032017_0007

1992

We celebrate 125 years of dairy Mettlen and 38 years of the name Güntensperger associated with it.

1992 - Käsermeister Peter Güntensperger im Käsekeller Mettlen, in Müselbach

1992

Master cheesemaker Peter Güntensperger in the cheese cellar at Mettlen dairy.

1994 - IMG_20170320_0017

1994

Reto Güntensperger, cousin Aemisegger Michi and intern Wenk Michi on work experience with Heinz in the Bodmen Dairy.

1994_CCE27032017

1994

Peter and Heinz are awarded the 1A quality mark for their Appenzeller cheese and chosen in the top 10 of 111 Appenzeller producers.

1994 - IMG_20170320_0001

1994 

Heinz Güntensperger (behind) Sohn Reto Güntensperger (front, at 10 years old).

2000 - IMG_20170320_0004

2000

In front of the Bodmen Dairy, Dreien, cheese master Heinz Güntensperger stands with his milk suppliers, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the production at Bodmen.

2000 - IMG_20170320_0019

2000

The Bütschwil Dairy. Today we still make all our cheeses in the Bütschwil and Bodmen dairies. Mettlen, the original site, is where our goat's cheese is made.

2005

First tests and devlopment of specialty cheeses, produced in small batches.

2009

Reto succesfully completes his 'Meister' cheesemaker exam and returns to the family business.

2012

Güntensperger Cheese is founded by combining the two dairies Bütschwil Käse AG and Müselbach Käse AG.

Reto and his cousin Roman Egli make their first professional steps towards selling their own products (Roter Teufel and Firstkönig). Meanwhile Roman is still working fulltime for the St. Gallen police.

2013

2013

Milk was delivered in milk churns up until around 2013.

2016

Roman Egli joins the company full-time as Head of Sales. The range of cheeses is continuously growing.

170424--(26)

2016

Work begins on our new warehouse with cheese cellars and maturing rooms.

2017

Güntensperger set up a branch in Konstanz, Germany, the Bütschwil Käse GmbH.

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