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...

  • 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...

  • 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

Popular Wineries in Switzerland View all

  • Domaine Candide Bridy

    Le Domaine Candide Bridy est une entreprise familiale au plein sens du terme. La cave a été...

  • Domaine Chateau du Crest

    Aujourd'hui, le Domaine du Château du Crest, situé aux confins de la campagne genevoise, s'étend ...

  • Domaine Donatsch

    Malans and wine have been inseparable for over 1,000 years. The historical village centre and lus...

  • Château d'Auvernier

    This estate which is located on the shores of the Lake of Neuchâtel, currently markets the produc...

  • 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...

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Switzerland on Snooth

  • 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

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  • 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


    No written review

    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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  • I'd say since they control what's available and at what price, Ohio ... but not a ton of great wine) Switzerland.Now if we can just somehow deal with our water shortages, global warming, Pierce's disease and the non-wine issues JD mentions, it will be paradise, like it was when I was a kid and the population was about 1/3 of the current number... Read More

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