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...

  • Gamay

    History of the grape: Legend has it that it was brought over by the Romans in the first century BC to the town of Bea...

  • Merlot

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

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

  • Cave de Branson

    La Cave de Branson est une entreprise familiale accueillante créée en 1986 par Marie-Jeanne et Ai...

  • Domaine de Vy Granges

    Thirty-five kilometres away from Geneva, the Domaine de Vy Granges can be found in the quaint vil...

  • Domaine de Penloup

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

  • Domaine de Maison Blanche

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

  • Rolf et Cecile Lips-Philippoz

    Cécile et Rolf Lips ont repris la cave en 1990. Rolf s’occupe de la vinification alors que Cécil...

  • Chateau de Luins

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

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Switzerland on Snooth

  • Humagne Rouge Aoc Valais Bibacchus Terrasses Do Rhone 2011


    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002

  •  We invite you to experience true creativity and magic of ... district, and now a based in Switzerland where she engages in digital wine communication.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Magic of the Bubbles Pop...

  •  There are certain wine appellations that are cursed by thriving tourism, ... such as Tete-du-Moine from Switzerland, marked by delicious notes of beef consommé, or Pyrenees Agour, a full-flavored savory cheese from the Basque region of Spain. Bandols with some age can be quite a meditative experience without food.Here are a few sampled recent... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Gem of Provence: Bandol

  • I had my first example of a Frank Family wine, yesterday--2006 Napa Valley ... ... Felix, born in Corcapolo, Switzerland in 1860, was an heir to the Salmina family tradition of crafting fine wines.  At the age of 19 he immigrated to the Napa Valley, finding the soil and climate ideally suited to the production of premium wine grapes."It was Li... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Larkmead Winery/Frank Family...

  • Gérard Bertrand Pinot Noir Vin de Pays d'Oc Aigle Noir 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by lcuellar

  • So, when we found out we would not be sending our older daughter to private ... weeks in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and France.  No Italy in there; went to Avignon and could consider returning, but not an absolute must.  Also did Epernay and Reims that trip, and probably could save the return to Champagne-land for another time, too.We're t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Europe Bound, Give Me Your...

  • Domaine de Champvigny Kerner 2011


    Eine autochtone Sorte aus der Region Genf. Sehr elegant und spritzig! Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108

  • Ollon Domaine de Grange Volet 2009


    Wunderbarer, typischer Chasselas. Elegant und fein, schön strukturiert! Riecht nach Honig und Orangenblüten, super ausgeglichen! Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108

  • Muller Thurgau Honeywood Winery Müller-Thurgau White NV


    Tasted this one during a visit in 2009. Not for me. Very dry, similar to Melbec type wine. If you like heavy reds, you might enjoy this one. My family member loved it. I say "Cracker please". Read More

    Wine review by StukNlodi

  • Cure d'Attalens Rouge Grand Cru Chardonne Lavaux Aoc 2010


    Ein Klassiker! Super Waadtländer Weisswein: Gute Balance zw. Süss/Sauer, blumige Noten, leicht gelbliche Reflexe. Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108

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