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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Leukersonne Weine

    Die Gründung der Unternehmung Leukersonne geht zurück bis in das Jahr 1976. Damals beschloss René...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Cave de Branson

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

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Switzerland on Snooth

  • 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

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  • 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

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  • Bozen Eisacktaler Muller Thurgau Sudtirol Alto Adige 2014


    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


    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

  • D - Chardonnay with lobster is perfect. I guess they suggested PN because that ... to have any from Germany or Switzerland that did much for me.DV - it was indeed the 2011. But while that may not have been a great vintage, I'm willing to bet on some of those not-so-great vintages when it comes to some Cabs. In Napa it wasn't considered great b... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pinot Noir throwdown

  • Hi everyone! Let me introduce myself briefly. I come from Valais (the ... ... ... area in the South of Switzerland), but I'm currently studying cinematography in China. I had to make a documentary as a homework assignment so I decided to develop the subject of "Heroic Viticulture" (mountain viticulture) from Valais.I've just uploaded my work ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic (Documentary) The Heroic...

  • Day 2 update:I think the biggest takeaway from this trip is going to be...It ... back in his home country, Switzerland. Bob and Mary Lou grow the grapes that help Markus create some certifiably unique blends for his own label (Markus Wine Co.) I am so grateful that these folks are producing such special grapes and wines. The collective palate ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Journey through Lodi

  • If anyone wants a counterpoint to CA (or Portuguese) Trousseau, as well as an ... France between Burgundy and Switzerland. There are numerous delicious offerings found here, the most famous being the semi-oxidized white, Vin Jaune. However, my favorite Jura wines are the Burgundy-like reds produced from the Poulsard and Trousseau varietals as ... Read More

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  • Domaine de Montbourgeau l'Etoile 2010


    Great apple flavors and a crisp finish. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity

  • The '80 thru '84 vertical, all reserve, was last year.  Still in ... ... these days in France or Switzerland or some other nearby area where great cellars have kept great wines lying in comfor Read More

    Forum post in the topic Single Varietal vs. Bordeaux...

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