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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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...

  • Chateau de Luins

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

  • Domaine Chateau du Crest

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

  • Domaine de Chafalet

    Le domaine de Chafalet compte 8,5 hectares situés sur le coteau du Roulavaz, petit affluent de l'...

  • New Hall Vineyards

    The first English Vineyard in Purleigh was planted back in 1120 and according to the local Paris...

  • Cave Fin Bec

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

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Switzerland on Snooth

  • Weingut Aust Spatburgunder 2012

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    Lots of aggressive wood on the nose, smoky, raw, spicy, and minty along with chalky and weedy undertones. This is surprisingly rich, round a moderately fruity in the mouth with ripe tannins helping to flesh out the palate which is a bit soft with a meaty character to the smoky fruit. Short and chunky in the mouth with acids that peek out on the... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Weingut Aust Kerner Halbtrocken 2011

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    Nice spicy toned nose is full of nutmeg and melon aromas along with plenty of slightly tropical and honied fruits with a hint of ginseng. A lightly toasty apricot pastry note on entry leads to a midpalate that is pretty dry but round and opulent with good acid and nice detail to the melon and apple fruit. The sugar here lends good length to the ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Weingut Aust Muller Thurgau 2012

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    Lightly yeasty on the nose with a hint of candied peach, soma maraschino cherry, and a light hint of smoke and dried herbs. Bright acids, some paired with some obvious sweetness keep this fruity, simple and straightforward, though it is fruity in the mouth with a nice mineral note on the finish, and good length. 86pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Weingut Aust Spatburgunder 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • Weingut Aust Kerner Halbtrocken 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • Weingut Aust Muller Thurgau 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • A few questions:was it possible for the neighbor to inspect the wines before ... sales in the past in CA and Switzerland. Tricky to guesstimate at times, though, especially if you're allowed to see only a sampling of a half-dozen bottles out of  hundreds you have to purchase. Read More

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  • Hi Greg,Thanks for all the information, sorry I didn't mention I have 10 ... ... Thailand, UK, Belgium, Switzerland, etc but I guess anywhere in Europe doesn't count as several because of the EU.  I haven't been California yet but would love to some day to see what you are talking about in the Napa Valley.I understand I need Label approval, g... Read More

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  • Vully Blanc Chateau de Praz Aoc 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • Aigle Noir Cremant de Limoux Brut 2010

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