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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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

  • Leukersonne Weine

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

  • Domaine Les Dames de Hautecour

    The Artisanes of Vines and Wines is a group of seven women who are in charge of a wine-producing ...

  • Domaine de Chafalet

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

  • Château d'Auvernier

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

  • Ardente Winery

    Ardente Winery was founded in 1996 on a twenty acre estate located in the quiet hills of Atlas Pe...

  • 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

  • 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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    Fairly smooth bubbly Read More

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  • Mohr-Niggli Riesling-Silvaner Aoc Maienfeld 2009

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    Nice mouthwatering acidity. Citrus, tropical and stone fruit. Read More

    Wine review by anchca


  • Mohr-Niggli Barrique Pinot Noir Aoc Maienfeld 2008

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    Vanilla, raspberries and cream, cherry, chocolate mint and a bit of coffee. Cool climate Pinot Noir with good acidity. Read More

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  • Mohr-Niggli Pinot Noir Aoc Maienfeld 2009

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  •  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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