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

  • I am meeting my sister from Belgium.. we are meeting in France. She doesn't ... 5-6 days before she flies to Switzerland, and I am a bit reluctant to travel alone. Read More

    Forum post in the topic France for 1st time, only for...

  • Marie-Thérèse Chappaz Gamay-Pinot Noir Blend Valais Dôle la Liaudisaz 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by jannemieke

  • Gérard Bertrand Pinot Noir Vin de Pays d'Oc Aigle Noir 2006


    Dark plum hue, medium bodied; glides on the palate with buttery overtones infusing the cherry and light boysenberry flavors; mild tannins; light finish; complimented well the salmon with miso sauce and asparagus. Read More

    Wine review by dajevans

  • Cave Henri Valloton Petite Arvine Tradition Blanc NV


    No written review

    Wine review by Duska

  • Fendant Aoc Pierrafeu 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by uursw

  • Torres Atrium Merlot 2006


    Jammy red wine with hints of spice and licorice. Very light lemon flavour that is hardly noticeable. Feel that the finish is too short and is an average wine. Read More

    Wine review by pegate

  • Monti Malcantone Rosso Dei Ronchi 2004


    Just had my first bottle of this wineExcellent all round and although not cheap highly recommended Read More

    Wine review by dupie9

  • I will be hiking through Switzerland in August, wine is always available in the towns of course and generally in the refugios. What should I look for? Any unusual grapes? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Swiss wine- I know nothing!

  • I'm lucky enough to travel often and more often than not we head to Italy. We ... of hiking the Haute Route in switzerland followed by 4 nights in Venice.My favorite food is Italian, I love many of the reds of Ita Read More

    Forum post in the topic I like Italian wines best!

  • Xellent Vodka


    Finally this month its with great disappointment that we find out that the ... ... illegal to distill vodka in Switzerland until as recently as 1999!Xellent Vodka is Swiss produced and the base ingredient is pure first-class Swiss Picasso and Matador rye. This is all grown in the foothills of central Switzerland. After the distillation process... Read More

    Wine review by drinkemporium

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