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 »

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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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...

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 Maison Blanche

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

  • Chateau de Luins

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

  • Cave de Branson

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

  • Koellreuter Klushof

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

  • Cave Fin Bec

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

  • Domaine de Penloup

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

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  • Hi together!I am a passionate wine lover since 1982, having tasted a lot of ... Spain, Portugal, Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Special prefernces: Burgundy, Piemont, Pomerol.&nbs Read More

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  • Hi,I trained and worked as a chef in the US and Switzerland, owned a bakery and specialty food company and taught a wide variety of classes at Le Cordon Bleu in Atlanta. We now live in Prescott, AZ, I still teach on line and at the local community college. Love to travel, love good wines-beers-spirits, we have 5 rescue cats, go hiking and genera... Read More

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  • Nice piece, but then I trust EG on many things.  One of the palates I peg ... it much past the border with Switzerland. Alas, now that GregT is on the West Coast, odds are pretty slight that we repeat our dinner at La Sirene in NYC (all byob resto with terrific food). Maybe I can lure them to the Bay Area for a night of cassoulet at my house, ... Read More

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  • Mohr-Niggli Schiller Aoc Maienfeld 2009


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    Wine review by anchca

  • Rolet Rose Cremant du Jura NV


    Fairly smooth bubbly Read More

    Wine review by runningbear

  • Mohr-Niggli Riesling-Silvaner Aoc Maienfeld 2009


    Nice mouthwatering acidity. Citrus, tropical and stone fruit. Read More

    Wine review by anchca

  • Mohr-Niggli Barrique Pinot Noir Aoc Maienfeld 2008


    Vanilla, raspberries and cream, cherry, chocolate mint and a bit of coffee. Cool climate Pinot Noir with good acidity. Read More

    Wine review by anchca

  • Mohr-Niggli Pinot Noir Aoc Maienfeld 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by anchca

  • Dézaley Grand Cru Aoc Vulcain 2010


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    Wine review by Zuiko

  •  Hi everyone!If you happen to be in Geneva this week... Here's an ... ... an ... varieties perform in Switzerland. Taste 9 remarkable wines all grown virtually on your doorstep in cantons such as Geneva, Valais, Vaud, Tessin and Zürich. This is a rare opportunity to experience the very best that Swiss wines have to offer and your chance to be... Read More

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