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

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Chasselas

    Chasselas maintains a very modest acreage in North America. It is most associated with Switzerland, where it is by fa...

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • 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

  • Weinbau Toni Ottiger, Weingut Rosenau

    The winery is located in Rosenau chestnut tree by the lake. The frequent hair dryer and the balan...

  • Cave Fin Bec

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

  • Koellreuter Klushof

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

  • Rolf et Cecile Lips-Philippoz

    Cécile et Rolf Lips ont repris la cave en 1990. Rolf s’occupe de la vinification alors que Cécil...

  • Chateau de Luins

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

  • Cave du Chevalier Bayard

    Varone et son vin remontent probablement jusqu’a l’époque celtique. Les Bayard se référant au cé...

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Switzerland on Snooth

  • So I am going to take your side on some things, AS, but I wouldn't call a ... and it's a real brand in Switzerland, at least...).  Some have interesting backstories, I bet, but good luck figuring it out--I know where the Rocco del Olmo Barolo is made, but I have no idea where the grapes come from.  I don't know where the Barbaresco is made, bu... Read More

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  • Some Bordeauxish options:La Parde de Haut-Bailly is about $20 in France, less in Switzerland (!), more in the States. 2nd wine of the Chateau, which has improved quite a bit in recent years.Chateux Teyssier (St. Emilion), Olivier (Pessac-Leognan) and Potensac (Medoc) can still be found under $30, if not $20 anymore. Oliver's white is also excell... Read More

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  • Frederic Fourre Traminer R 2012

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    Lemon drop and pollen greet the nose along with complicating notes of saffron, fig, and grape leaf. Obviously sweet in the mouth but very well balanced, though this does have a bit of a treacle character in the mouth nicely balanced by a hint of polyphonic bitterness. That sugar lends this nice length in the mouth which shows off perfumes of ro... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Frederic Fourre Traminer R 2012

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    Wine review by mark


  • 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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    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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    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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    Wine review by mark


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