France – Country of Cheese

How many French cheeses are there?

France is well-known for its considerable variety of cheeses. Every region of France has its own cheeses and numerous are famous for their distinctive, flavorful, creamy or delightfully character. Back in the time of General de Gaulle, France had 246 cheeses. You may have already heard about the classical ones : Brie de Meaux, Camembert de Normandie, chèvre or Rocquefort. But there are so many more to discover!

Cheese tasting in France

France offers a thousand different cheese varieties, including soft cheeses (Camembert, Coulommiers, Munster), blue-veined cheeses (Roquefort, Bleu d’Auvergne), pressed cooked cheeses (Gruyere, Comté, Parmesan). Across the territory, you can find 45 controlled designations of origin and 38 protected designations of origin which ensure a quality guarantee.

During your holidays in France, take the time to taste, to learn and to understand this gastronomic heritage. You’ll delve into the history of cheese. Find out about cheeses origins and discover the different stages of production, the maturation process, the protected designations of origin… Or learn how to conserve or associate them in a plate or with drinks. You’ll become an expert!

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