Vacherin Mont-d'Or AOP is the distinctive soft cheese speciality from the Vaud town of Jura. It has been lovingly produced by hand in the Vallée de Joux for over 100 years. It is then matured in traditional affinage cellars to develop its delicate, mild flavour. The local firwood belt lends the cheese its typically exquisite trace of tannin. Vacherin Mont-d'Or AOP was originally produced between October and spring, because there used to be a lack of milk prior to this due to the production of the large Gruyère wheels. This then became tradition. Nowadays, it is produced from the end of September to April.