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Sion is a town and wine region at the heart of the Valais canton in Switzerland. The town has a signficant history. By the end of the first century BC, it was the capital of the Seduni, one of the four main Celtic tribes of the Valais. By the 2nd and 3rd centuries, after the Romans took over, it was called Sedunum, and the town hall still bears the Latin inscription, “Civitas Sedunorum Patrono.” The Roman Catholic diocese of Sion is the oldest in Switzerland. The 12th century Basilique de Valère and the ruins of 13th century Tourbillon Castle are still major historical landmarks. With so rich a background in cultures with imbibing propensities, there is no doubt wine has always been a part of everyday life. 

Today, there seem to be vineyards snuck in anywhere possible, in the hills surrounding the town and side by side with modern industry. There are even vineyards next to the airport, with some vines planted just off the runway. With such picturesque and historical surroundings, Sion has become a major Swiss tourist destination where sightseeing and winetasting excursions can easily be combined. 
The varietals planted are the typical Swiss mixture of French and German: Sylvaner, Chasselas, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, and Pinot Gris for whites, Pinot Noir, Gamar, Cornalin and Humagne Rouge for reds. Some are single varietal releases, but more often these are red, white, or rosé blends. Sparkling and late harvest sweet wines are also produced here. ~Amanda Schuster
– Description from Amanda Schuster

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