Transhumance

Transhumance

One of the most celebrated occasions in Alpine villages, this grazing process is a true union of local tradition and Mother Nature, which watches the seasonal movement of animal herds in a cyclical pattern. Because of the steep slope of the mountains, herds graze in the lowlands during winter and move up higher on the mountain in the warmer weather. In many towns, this cycle represents the changing of seasons and is typically celebrated with a festival welcoming the sheep or goats back down from the mountain after the summer season has ended. Because of these grazing patterns, Alpine cheeses made during different times of the year can vary widely in flavor, with sweeter, grassier profiles resulting from milk harvested during the warmer months.
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