Swiss Wine

Switzerland is a country of rugged mountains and lakes in Western Europe, with its people sharing the cultures and languages of Italy, Germany, France, and Austria. Its wines reflect this blend of ancestries, with grapes saluting all these nationalities. Wine grape seeds were found dating as far back as 3000 BC around Lake Neuchâtel, although it is unknown whether these were ever cultivated as wine. What is known is that the Romans brought vines into Switzerland some time around 100 BC and produced wine in the Valais area, planting Amigne, Arvine, and Rèze grapes. In the Middle Ages, Cistercian monks from Burgundy, France settled in Switzerland and established vineyards in Vaud. They studied soil types, and which grapes would be most suitable to Alpine climate conditions, though the wines they produced were often supplemented with mulling spices and honey. International trade had stepped up by the 17th century, with French wines, especially those from the Rhône, the most sought after Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Switzerland View all

  • Chasselas

    Chasselas maintains a very modest acreage in North America. It is most associated with Switzerland, where it is by fa...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

Subregions of Switzerland

  • Valais

      Valais is Switzerland’s largest wine region, located in the Southwest portion of the count...

  • Aargau

  • Geneva

Popular Wineries in Switzerland View all

  • Domaine de Penloup

    The Graenicher family runs two estates, the "Domaine de Penloup" at Tartegnin and the "Cols des C...

  • Weinbau Toni Ottiger, Weingut Rosenau

    The winery is located in Rosenau chestnut tree by the lake. The frequent hair dryer and the balan...

  • Koellreuter Klushof

    The oak is an oak barrel and the expansion of the wine is used for storage, to round out the flav...

  • New Hall Vineyards

    The first English Vineyard in Purleigh was planted back in 1120 and according to the local Paris...

  • Chateau de Luins

    Le Château de Luins est un domaine viticole composé de la maison de maître du XV et XVIIème siècl...

  • Domaine de Maison Blanche

    The de Mestrals came originally from Savoy and were first mentioned in Mont in 1258. At the time,...

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Switzerland on Snooth

  • If anyone wants a counterpoint to CA (or Portuguese) Trousseau, as well as an ... France between Burgundy and Switzerland. There are numerous delicious offerings found here, the most famous being the semi-oxidized white, Vin Jaune. However, my favorite Jura wines are the Burgundy-like reds produced from the Poulsard and Trousseau varietals as ... Read More

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  • Domaine de Montbourgeau l'Etoile 2010

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    Great apple flavors and a crisp finish. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • The '80 thru '84 vertical, all reserve, was last year.  Still in ... ... these days in France or Switzerland or some other nearby area where great cellars have kept great wines lying in comfor Read More

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  • Réserve Graf Zeppelin Domaine Grillette 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • Heida du Valais Réserve des Administrateurs Cave St. Pierre Wallis Schweiz 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • I lived in Switzerland for about fifteen months and tasted many Swiss wines. The worst were the Dole du Valais varieties. Since Switzerland is surrounded by such excellent wine producing countries as France, Germany, Austria, Italy, and even Spain, why would anyone want to drink the horse piss which results from Swiss grapes? No wonder they e...

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  • So I am going to take your side on some things, AS, but I wouldn't call a ... and it's a real brand in Switzerland, at least...).  Some have interesting backstories, I bet, but good luck figuring it out--I know where the Rocco del Olmo Barolo is made, but I have no idea where the grapes come from.  I don't know where the Barbaresco is made, bu... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Your fave Cab under $20?!


  • Some Bordeauxish options:La Parde de Haut-Bailly is about $20 in France, less in Switzerland (!), more in the States. 2nd wine of the Chateau, which has improved quite a bit in recent years.Chateux Teyssier (St. Emilion), Olivier (Pessac-Leognan) and Potensac (Medoc) can still be found under $30, if not $20 anymore. Oliver's white is also excell... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Your fave Cab under $20?!


  • Frederic Fourre Traminer R 2012

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    Lemon drop and pollen greet the nose along with complicating notes of saffron, fig, and grape leaf. Obviously sweet in the mouth but very well balanced, though this does have a bit of a treacle character in the mouth nicely balanced by a hint of polyphonic bitterness. That sugar lends this nice length in the mouth which shows off perfumes of ro... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Frederic Fourre Traminer R 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • Frederic Fourre Grauburgunder 2013

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    Three harvests, first was fermented in three year old tonneaux, lowest in acid Deep, with slightly earthy aromas on the nose including some old wood notes, and low spicy stemmy tones, and hints of rose petal, just a touch of linden, and some hot rocks.While lighter bodied than the nose suggests, this is quite round in the mouth with a super jui... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Swiss wines from the sunny canton Valais are excellent.....

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