Regional products

Flavours

The Jura & Three Lakes region is renowned for its local produce. The specific type of soil, the green, fertile valleys and gentle slopes leading down to the lakes lend the regionally grown products their identity.

Tête de Moine
Tête de Moine. © Guillaume Perret
In the Jura & Three-Lakes region, the word “terroir” takes on a real meaning. The uniqueness of its Jurassic soils, the lush pastures of its valleys and gentle slopes leading down to the lakes lend the products of the area their identity, enhanced by the presence of regional nature parks.
 
Tête de Moine AOP
Both the famous Tête de Moine AOP cheese and the absinth spirit have their origins in the Jura & Three Lakes region and are produced by dedicated local manufacturers to this day.  
 
The Tête de Moine AOP from the Bernese Jura is a cheese which is served in a specific form and has a figurative name. Do you know its origin? Visit the Maison de la Tête de Moine in Bellelay and learn all the interesting details about its history.  
 
Camille Bloch
Those who love sweets will want to make a detour to the visitors’ center CHEZ Camille Bloch, the chocolate manufacture which is home to famous brands such as Ragusa and Torino.
 
Notorious absinthe
The history and secrets of the notorious aperitif absinth, praised, ill-reputed, and prohibited in the past, are explained at the Maison de l’Absinthe in the Val-de-Travers valley. Curious visitors as well as passionate consumers will be able to taste it in one of the numerous distilleries.  

Audacious Damassine  
The Damassine AOP brandy, made from small prunes grown in the Jura, is well worth mentioning too. Its history is presented at the Swiss Fruits and Distillery Museum, ″Ô Vergers d’Ajoie″.  
 
Wines full of character
We should not forget the numerous vineyards which lend the Three Lakes region its unique identity. Besides the most important grape varieties of the region, Pinot Noir and Chasselas, there’s also a fruity rosé variety, the Œil de Perdrix, as well as the Non Filtré, a fresh, well-rounded white wine.  
 
These exceptional products abound in the entire region and continue to be produced with dedication and passion. Throughout the year, numerous events are held in their honour.  
 
You can find further information about regional products together with useful addresses for exploring the Jura & Three Lakes region in the brochure "Terroir à savourer":

Useful links:
Fondation rurale interjurassienne
www.terroir-juraregion.ch
Facebook Terroir Jura Région

Neuchâtel – Vins et Terroir
www.neuchatel-vins-terroir.ch

Seeland agricultural organization
www.los-seeland.ch

Regional natural parks
Parc Doubs
Parc Chasseral
Places worth visiting
Museum, Porrentruy

Swiss Fruits and Distillery Museum

Regional products, St-Imier

The Spielhofer cheese factory is a family business that produces, among other things, the famous Tête de Moine.

Individuals, couples and groups have the possibility to taste, compare and discuss the regional wines and to pick out their favourites in a welcoming atmosphere.

Regional products, Biel/Bienne

Chocolate specialities ranging from truffles and pralines to chocolate bars and from Seeland candies to the hugely successful chocolate cobblestones.

Regional products, La Chaux-de-Fonds

An immersion into the aroma and taste of coffee.

Guided city tour, Aarberg

During this guided tour, visitors gain insight in the production of sugar and view the sustainable methods used in Switzerland to extract sugar from the beets.

Regional products, Les Ponts-de-Martel

Real time production of Gruyère AOC with an informative exhibition.

Museum, an old-fashioned cheese dairy, a cafe and a store selling local specialties revolving around Tête de Moine AOP cheese.

Museum, Courtelary

La Chocolaterie à croquer ! takes you on a journey of taste and discovery, a course of which you alone determine.

Museum, Môtiers

Discover the rich heritage of this mythic beverage.

   

Only available in French or German



More infos
Agenda: the next gourmet events
Festivity, Festival, Twann

The "Trüelete" is the largest and best-known grape festival on Lake Biel. Held at the vintner's village of Twann.

Tradition, Market, Craft, Le Boéchet

The only "désalpe" in the Canton of Jura, a folk festival marking the end of the cattle's summer on the pastures.

Festivity, Festival, Bellelay

A unique and authentic feast!

Gastronomy, Tastings, Neuchâtel

A full-on chocolate happening that will delight all gourmets!

Gastronomy, Tastings

Join us for the 1st Damassine Festival on 24 and 25 September!

Festivity, Festival, Neuchâtel

The vineyards of Neuchâtel in honor! Marching bands and parades, a festival you should not miss!

Festivity, Festival, Pays de Neuchâtel

A unique experience that embodies Neuchâtel's gastronomic traditions

Gastronomy, Tastings, Neuchâtel

The Neuchâtel winemakers open their doors to the public!

Congresses, Conferences, Courses, Seminars, Fairs, Reconvilier

Do not miss out on the most important agricultural manifestation of the bernese Jura.

Festivity, Festival, Boveresse

The distillers emerge from their cellars to display their expertise to the world. The "Green Fairy" is the guest of honour!

   
Shops and local hampers
Regional products, Charmoille

Les Délices de la Ruche in Charmoille, producers of honey and other homemade specialities.

Individuals, couples and groups have the possibility to taste, compare and discuss the regional wines and to pick out their favourites in a welcoming atmosphere.

Regional products, Porrentruy

Jams, fruit juices or Damassine AOP, produced and sold by Vergers d'Ajoie in Porrentruy.

Regional products, Movelier

L'Association Borquet-Leuenberger in Movelier produce and sell various agricultural products.

Regional products, Biel/Bienne

Chocolate specialities ranging from truffles and pralines to chocolate bars and from Seeland candies to the hugely successful chocolate cobblestones.

Regional products, Noiraigue

At the end of your day, let yourself be tempted by a tasting of absinthe or Val-de-Travers chocolates!

Regional products, Couvet

Ideal to take home as a souvenir of your stay in the Val-de-Travers!

Regional products, Travers

After your visit to the Asphalt Mines or the discovery of the Minors' Garden, let yourself be tempted by an absinthe tasting of the Val-de-Travers!

Regional products, Neuchâtel

Tea shop with regional products such as absinthe or chocolates.

Regional products, Courcelon

A vast choice of local products from the Jura and the surrounding region.