Valais Wine


Valais is Switzerland’s largest wine region, located in the Southwest portion of the country. The terrain is marked by dramatic Alpine peaks, with vineyard sites nestled into very steep locales. The vineyards are mainly concentrated between the areas of Martigny and Leuk. The highest vineyard in Europe, Visperterminen at 1100 meters, is located here. 
Growing conditions are excellent. The elevation of the vineyard sites ensures excellent sun exposure. The mountains create a rain shelter, and the southerly, warm “föhn” winds help boost grapes with late ripening tendencies to pull through the harvest season. Summers are hot, sunny and dry, with outside irrigation necessary. Wooden canals called “bisses” are often situated to deliver spring water and melting snow runoff from the mountains. Winters can be cold and snowy, but rarely prone to deadly spring frost. 
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  • Traminer

  • 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...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • 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...

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  • Albert Biollaz Les Hoirs

    Winery Albert Biollaz recalls the history of the pioneers of the Valais wines. In 1917 Ulysse dir...

  • Cave Fin Bec

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

  • Cave Taramarcaz

    Historique Héritage ancestral, mon exploitation de 4 hectares est située sur les pentes ensolei...

  • Domaine Candide Bridy

    Le Domaine Candide Bridy est une entreprise familiale au plein sens du terme. La cave a été...

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  • Based in Geneva? Plenty of good food and drink in that town, though not always ... chase down opportunities in Valais (1st choice but further) or Vaud (2nd)? Should still be warm enough that chasselas and Oeil de Perdrix will hit the spot. Swiss pinot noir is light enough to work, too, of course, even without airconditioning. But that theoreti... Read More

    Forum post in the topic It seems I am off to France

  • The Alto Adige is where I was talking about having had good pinot grigio ... ... Neuchatel then down in the Valais, and I'd been drinking a lot of Oeil de Perdrix, which is a pale rose made from free-run (Swiss) pinot noir juice. Color was similar, though flavor was different. Don't think I've had a rose made from pinot gris in Alsace, though ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Is Pinot Grigio Underrated?

  • A good question, that brings out various perspectives on knowledge and taste ... ... In cooler regions like Valais in Switzerland, pinot noir doesn't have the chance to mature as easily and reliably as it does in California or Australia. The winemakers are looking through those other additions to enhance color, structure (esp tannic) and arom... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What types of wine are...

  • Too funny about the Vernaccia.  "Vernaccia" and ... is a Humagne Rouge from the Valais in Switzerland.  According to the winery, the Provins cooperative, "Robe rouge sombre avec des reflets violacés. Belle expression aromatique avec des notes sauvages et fruitées. Au palais, l’attaque est franche et racée avec des tanins bien présents et une st... Read More

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  • Thanks for your comments!@DMCKER: How I ended in China is a long story. But to ... cloudy days. Students from Valais who are studying in Geneva have a joke: "When you take the train from Geneva to come back to Valais, you don't need to look outside the window to know when you arrive in Valais. As soon as you see again the rays of the sun insid... Read More

    Forum post in the topic (Documentary) The Heroic...

  • Viewed them all--good work! Do you know where and when the 'Heroic' ... more about the weather in Valais. I've spent a lot of time in Geneva, and during the autumn and winter it seems to be continually overcast (leading almost organically to the birth of Calvinism, I've often thought). I'm guessing there's better sun in Valais, more like areas... Read More

    Forum post in the topic (Documentary) The Heroic...

  • Thanks for posting this, Sakat. Look forward to viewing it. Have been to Valais several and had their wines many times.How did you end up studying cinema in China, of all places? Read More

    Forum post in the topic (Documentary) The Heroic...

  • Hi everyone! Let me introduce myself briefly. I come from Valais (the viticole area in the South of Switzerland), but I'm currently studying cinematography in China. I had to make a documentary as a homework assignment so I decided to develop the subject of "Heroic Viticulture" (mountain viticulture) from Valais.I've just uploaded my work online... Read More

    Forum post in the topic (Documentary) The Heroic...

  • Heida du Valais Réserve des Administrateurs Cave St. Pierre Wallis Schweiz 2009


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    Wine review by mark

  • @ DMCKER:Okay. IMHO, the best red swiss wines are made from either Pinot Noir ... cultivated in the canton de Valais. It has an own , strong, special taste: some like it hot, others don't like it. The best Amigne is coming from the small village of Vétroz,.P.S.: Riesling-Sylvaner is mostly an easygoing white wine, not complex, best drunk for a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Swiss wine- I know nothing!

  • si que me encantan sus vinos especialmente los blancos afrutados y secos , son una gloria para el paladar . GRACIAS.

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