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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

  • New Hall Vineyards

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

  • 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 ...

  • Cave Fin Bec

    Wine is our true passion. We, at Fin Bec, are continually in search of perfection, determined to ...

  • Ardente Winery

    Ardente Winery was founded in 1996 on a twenty acre estate located in the quiet hills of Atlas Pe...

  • Angelo Delea

    The company Angelo Delea was founded in 1983, inspired by the „Bordeaux“ wine-making with the ref...

  • Les Domaine des Curiades

    Le coteau de Lully est généreux envers la vigne. Les Bénédictins ne s’y sont pas trompés, qui au ...

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Switzerland on Snooth

  • 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


  • Frederic Fourre Grauburgunder 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • Frederic Fourre Riesling 2012

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    Intensely aromatic on the nose with huge aromas of slightly jammy golden currants deftly framed by notes of slate, white pepper, tarragon, and quinine. Spicy and sweet though ever so slightly on entry, the palate here is draped with dusty mineral notes laying under small ripe yellow fruits that show fine persistence on the long spicy finish. Th... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Frederic Fourre Riesling 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • Frederic Fourre Muller Thurgau 2013

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    High toned on the nose with hints of mint and lemon verbena framing a core rich with white peach and floral aromas. This shows off some impressively big fruit on entry with just a jot of sweetness helping to add oomph to those flavors. The midpalate firms up a bit as the acidity kicks in and displays gorgeous purity and length to the fruit, whi... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Frederic Fourre Muller Thurgau 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • Weingut Aust Spatburgunder 2012

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    Lots of aggressive wood on the nose, smoky, raw, spicy, and minty along with chalky and weedy undertones. This is surprisingly rich, round a moderately fruity in the mouth with ripe tannins helping to flesh out the palate which is a bit soft with a meaty character to the smoky fruit. Short and chunky in the mouth with acids that peek out on the... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Weingut Aust Kerner Halbtrocken 2011

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    Nice spicy toned nose is full of nutmeg and melon aromas along with plenty of slightly tropical and honied fruits with a hint of ginseng. A lightly toasty apricot pastry note on entry leads to a midpalate that is pretty dry but round and opulent with good acid and nice detail to the melon and apple fruit. The sugar here lends good length to the ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Weingut Aust Muller Thurgau 2012

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    Lightly yeasty on the nose with a hint of candied peach, soma maraschino cherry, and a light hint of smoke and dried herbs. Bright acids, some paired with some obvious sweetness keep this fruity, simple and straightforward, though it is fruity in the mouth with a nice mineral note on the finish, and good length. 86pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Weingut Aust Spatburgunder 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


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