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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  • Chasselas

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

Subregions of Switzerland

  • Valais

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

  • Aargau

  • Geneva

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  • Caves des Perrières

    Two milleniums old, vineyard development in our region is the result of a long tradition. In th...

  • Domaine Bovy

    A welcoming place, the lovely family residence is open to all friends of wine growing and wine. W...

  • Domaine de Penloup

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

  • Domaine Les Dames de Hautecour

    The Artisanes of Vines and Wines is a group of seven women who are in charge of a wine-producing ...

  • Rolf et Cecile Lips-Philippoz

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

  • Cave du Chevalier Bayard

    Varone et son vin remontent probablement jusqu’a l’époque celtique. Les Bayard se référant au cé...

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Switzerland on Snooth

  • The Alto Adige is where I was talking about having had good pinot grigio ... a ... a lot of time before that in Switzerland, near Neuchatel then down in the Valais, and I'd been drinking a lot of Oeil de Perdrix, which is a pale rose made from free-run (Swiss) pinot noir juice. Color was similar, though flavor was different. Don't think I've h... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Is Pinot Grigio Underrated?


  • There is some decent spatburgunder to be had, but has to be had in Germany or Switzerland since it rarely makes it much further than that. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Searching for Mosel Reds


  • A good question, that brings out various perspectives on knowledge and taste ... ... regions like Valais in Switzerland, pinot noir doesn't have the chance to mature as easily and reliably as it does in California or Australia. The winemakers are looking through those other additions to enhance color, structure (esp tannic) and aromatic compl... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What types of wine are...


  • I doubt that current Burgundy makers of any repute would risk shipping grapes ... ... wines.  Dole in Switzerland is supposed to be a blend of Pinot and Gamay, and Passe-Tout-Grains is a blend of Gamay and Pinot by law. But I'm not standing on the loading docks in Burgundy, if that's what you are asking.  I've had a few Faively wines that see... Read More

    Forum post in the topic One Day in Europe for Wine...


  • 'Burgundian' is perhaps best used, IMHO, to describe a philosophical ... interestingly OK versions in Switzerland, but it's so much harder to grow robust pinots there, anyway, and the cooler conditions mean even the syrahs are very much lighter. On the other side of the spectrum, I've had some from Oz that seemed pretty messed up when I was dr... Read More

    Forum post in the topic One Day in Europe for Wine...


  • Too funny about the Vernaccia.  "Vernaccia" and ... Rouge from the Valais in Switzerland.  According to the winery, the Provins cooperative, "Robe rouge sombre avec des reflets violacés. Belle expression aromatique avec des notes sauvages et fruitées. Au palais, l’attaque est franche et racée avec des tanins bien présents et une structure équil... Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...


  • Holiday excursions can be excluded, I suppose, especially where they're ... ... France, Italy, Spain and Switzerland (and the eastern Med) altogether and unsurprisingly do a much better Christmas than Asia does. Though everywhere tries hard for New Year's...  ; Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Though I managed by being offshore most of the '80s to miss every single ... eats plenty of Italian in Switzerland (and Italy) and was ready for a change after a solid week of Japanese, was shocked at such good, fresh-ingredient Italian here, and was floored by the wine of course, but then I've always somehow been able to shock that family wit... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Bozen Eisacktaler Muller Thurgau Sudtirol Alto Adige 2014

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    Melon, peach and lemon aromas with hints of oregano and tangerine juice. Soft and supple in the mouth, this has medium acidity along with notes of green apple, butter and melon. Towards the finish there's a nice spice here that comes with a lemon meringue note and a mellow finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Bozen St Magdalener Classico Huck Am Bach Alto Adige 2014

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    Light cherry and licorice aromas with some sweet aromas of cinnamon spice and vanilla. Medium light mouthfeel with blueberry and cherry fruit flavors, notes of cola and spice, licorice and a clean cherry finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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