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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Leukersonne Weine

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

  • Domaine Bovy

    A welcoming place, the lovely family residence is open to all friends of wine growing and wine. W...

  • Cave du Chevalier Bayard

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

  • Les Domaine des Curiades

    Le coteau de Lully est généreux envers la vigne. Les Bénédictins ne s’y sont pas trompés, qui au ...

  • Domaine de Vy Granges

    Thirty-five kilometres away from Geneva, the Domaine de Vy Granges can be found in the quaint vil...

  • Domaine de Maison Blanche

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

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Switzerland on Snooth

  • @ DMCKER:Okay. IMHO, the best red swiss wines are made from either Pinot Noir ... ... in the eastern part of Switzerland. I prefer Chasselas (in Germany, thiis is called Gutedel). The best Chasselas is coming from the Dézaley vineyard (at the lake of Geneva, near from Lausanne. A very bold vineyard, optimal for getting a lot of sunshine. Also... Read More

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  • HiIMHO the best of swiss wines is about Pinot Noir (Valais, Vaud, Grison), ... ... mainly in the french part of Switzerland (Romandie) there are also Chasselas wines (white) available: fruity, light that suite perfectly with Fondue or RacletteIMHO, swiss wines do not very well support new oak: in these cases, the taste of new wood dominates th... Read More

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  • Karl, can you go into more detail about what you drink (or want to drink) from Switzerland? Have had cases and cases of pinot noir (both red and rose versions) from Valais and elsewhere over the years, since I often in the past was in and out of the Lake Geneva vicinity. Always on the lookout for what's good to look for on my next visit. Unfortu... Read More

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  • Hi!My great love is Burgundy, red and white, let's say from the permier Cru ... Cru ... .   Switzerland (I am from Switzerland) has very good Pinot Noirs and Merlots (these from Ticino), let's say good values from 15 - 30 $, but there is very little wine exported. From Austria, I prefer the (red) St. Laurent).&nbs Read More

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  • Welcome, Karl! Can you tell us about wines you're drinking and liking from ... especially about Portugal, Switzerland and Austria. Of course your special preferences from those regions where they use a lot of pinot noir, nebbiolo, merlot and cabernet franc should also be interestin Read More

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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

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    Wine review by runningbear


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