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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  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Caves Fernand Cina

    Fernand Cina Salgesch-Salquenen, ces quelques syllabes sont synonymes de vin. Ces plants rougeâtr...

  • 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 ...

  • Château d'Auvernier

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

  • Cave de Branson

    La Cave de Branson est une entreprise familiale accueillante créée en 1986 par Marie-Jeanne et Ai...

  • New Hall Vineyards

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

  • Caves des Perrières

    Two milleniums old, vineyard development in our region is the result of a long tradition. In th...

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