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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