Mobile cheese factory wagon at the Gampe Thaya
Taste the lovely homemade cheese
This is unique in Ötztal and a specialty when you come and visit the Gampe Thaya – a mobile cheese factory at the alpine cabin. In the summer the cows are grazing and providing us with fresh milk, which will at once made to cheese and after the ripening process it is served.
The Tyrolean grey cattle spends the summer right in front of the Gampe Thaya and enjoys the best grass up there, as well as many herbs and flowers. You can probably imagine that these happy cows give the best milk. This milk is used for making cheese. Jakob, the farmer and host at the Gampe Thaya produces the cheese from 100% raw milk from the Tyrolean grey cattle.
Cheese factory in Ötztal on the alp
As soon as the cows are milked, the raw milk is used in the mobile cheese factory. Of course you can taste this delicious cheese when visiting the Gampe Thaya . With the Marende – traditional snack – on bread or with cheese spaetzle or cheese dumplings and much more.
As soon as summer is over and the cattle are brought back to the valley, where they spend the winter in the stables, the cheese factory moves to Zwieselstein. Here the cheese-making continues even in the colder months of the year, before in summer the wagon moves up to the Gampe Thaya again.
At the End of September 2019 we took part at the 25th international cheese-olmypic games in Galtür/Tyrol. Over 100 cheese producers from Austria, Germany, South Tyrol and Switzerland were battling for the Golden Dairyman's Harp in five categories.
The cheese "Gampe Kaas" from the farmer and hoster of Almwirtschaft Gampe Thaya Jakob Prantl got the dairyman's harp in silver.
Also in South Tyrol we got an award for the Gampe cheese. We got the rating for "excellent quality".
Take a piece of the Ötztal tradition back home with you. During the summer you can buy the homemade cheese at the Gampe Thaya as well as other regional products like:
- Regional herbs
- Herbal teas
- and a lot more