Dairy Profile: Uplands Cheese

Wisconsin Foodie visits with award winning cheese maker Mike Gingrich of Uplands Cheese.

Uplands Cheese

5023 State Road 23
Dodgeville, WI 53533
Phone: 608-935-5558


Making only a single cheese—the much awarded Pleasant Ridge Reserve—Uplands Cheese is a farmstead operation using the milk from a single dairy herd, rotationally grazed on pasture grasses, herbs and wildflowers. It is made only in the summer months, making the supply limited. The cheese has a rare honor—winning Best of Show twice (2001 and 2005) from the American Cheese Society. Additionally, it was U.S. champion at the 2003 U.S. Championship Cheese contest, the only cheese ever to win both national awards. It also has been recognized as one of the top ten American-made farmstead artisan cheeses. Beaufort in style, the washed-rind, complexly flavored cheese is aged in a cave environment.

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