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...

  • 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...

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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  • Domaine de Maison Blanche

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

  • Koellreuter Klushof

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

  • Chateau de Luins

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

  • Château d'Auvernier

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

  • Cave Fin Bec

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

  • Leukersonne Weine

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

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Switzerland on Snooth

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  • Adriano Kaufmann Merlot Blend Ticino Pio Della Rocca 2003


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    Wine review by gwaeng2011

  • Dole de Salquenen Valais les Dailles Pinot Noir 2010


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Armando Ticino Merlot 2010


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  • Servagnin Morges "Bolle"


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    Wine review by alanb1108

  • I am a new wine lover. A year or two ago I was having troubles staying away ... the centuries with Germany, Switzerland, and perhaps even Africa and the Middle East. Bourdeaux is the place to begin.So far these are the types of wines that I have enjoyed, more or less in the order from most interesting to least.1. Syrah - I love the spiciness a... Read More

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  • Dole de Salquenen Valais les Dailles Pinot Noir 2010


    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002

  • Simon Maye et Fils Fendant "Moette" Chasselas 2010


    pale yellow with subtle aromas of candied citrus fruit and cinnamin applesauce. On the palate it was nice and fresh with pleasant minerality and a savoury finish. Read More

    Wine review by Anna Savino

  • Domaine des Muses Heida Tradition Valais 2010


    Aromatic nose, Buttery but with a great acidity - would not assume its a swiss wine! Savignan cepage Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108

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