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Snooth User: Anna Savino

Swiss wines

Posted by Anna Savino, Dec 29, 2012.

Hi snoothers!

my husband and i are visiting geneva for three days and i have heard they make some pretty good wines in Switzerland. As they hardly export anything i would like to bring some back with me or visit a nearby winery?


has anyone got any experience wine tasting and buying in Geneva/ switzerland? Interested in your recs! 


Grazie mille!



Reply by Anna Savino, Dec 29, 2012.

thanks ... now i am even more excited!

Reply by JonDerry, Dec 29, 2012.

Well, I took this an an opportunity to ready up on Swiss wines. Wiki claims 98% is drunk locally, with just 2% exported to Germany (mainly). Have to love these "hard to get" regions!

What's more, Pinot Noir (Blauburgunder) is the most popular variety, accounting for about 30% of total wine produced. As an aside, PN (Spatburgunder) accounts for about 11% of Germany's wine, and it's also made in Italy's Alto Adige as Blauburgunder.

Merlot is popular in the south, Ticino region. 

Their whites are less acidic, in contrary to the weather, since they encourage malolactic fermentation, and often add sugar, increasing the alcohol content.

Would love to try this stuff but it doesn't look like any of the Swiss PN is properly exported to us here in the states, at least according to wine searcher, though some German and Italian can be sourced.

Here's a nice article by Jancis Robinson detailing Swiss wine.

Reply by Anna Savino, Dec 29, 2012.

wow! you've done your HW... I will be sure to keep you posted on some wines that I will hopefully taste.. although i must say i am bringing quite a few up from Italy and don't know how many bottles we are going to drink! So exciting though...


I am also stopping by Caluso in Northern Piemonte for some Erbaluce whites/sparklers for NYE, perhaps I can even find some rare Caremas or other Northern nebbiolos... thanks for all your help!

Reply by JonDerry, Dec 29, 2012.

From Jancis' article, as I've heard before, Switzerland is made up of three major regions: French Switzerland, German Switzerland, and Italian Switzerland.

I'd be most interested in the German ; )

Either way, looking forward to hearing about what you find!

German Switzerland

The wines of eastern Switzerland are quite different. Pinot Noir or Blauburgunder is particularly popular and is made in a wide range of styles from slightly sweet and juicy through seriously burgundian to a strong, sweet version made from dried grapes in theGraubünden region, a hotbed of experimentation. Reds make up 80 per cent of production and Müller-Thurgau (also known as Riesling-Sylvaner) dominates the whites; indeed the largest wine region Schaffhausen is effectively a southern extension of Germany's Baden region. Baumann, Bovel, Gantenbein, Kesselrring, and Schwarzenach are some of the most reliable names.

Reply by Carlo182, Dec 31, 2012.

Drive down to Annecy to a village called Talloires & dine at Auberge du Pere Bise. So quaint, great dining experience.

I see you like your Nebbiolo's & I tend to fancy the mineral/earthy ones. 2006 Costa Di Bussia was delicious & I tried it here in the US.











Reply by jtryka, Dec 31, 2012.

I was in Geneva a long time ago, like 1995, we just spent a weekend there and I don't recall if we tried any local wines (though I am surprised about JD's research on pinot noir!).  I did remember a place we went to for dinner that was outstanding, and I looked through my giant ziploc bag full of matchbooks (did I mention I collect matchbooks?) to find it.  It was called Les Armures, set up in an old armory wth cannons out front, the works.  They had outstanding fondu there, and I remember having a sausage dinner that was just out of this world, they scored the sausages then grilled it, and it was just delicious.  I have no idea if it's still there, but if it is, I would go!

Reply by Carlo182, Dec 31, 2012.

Yup the old Armory in the Old City of Geneva. Good Food! I enjoyed their Raclette ( melted cheese potato dish) & this mushroom gravy meat dish. Dried meat and pickles yummy to snack on. GVA is awesome.

Reply by Scuola Di Musica Moderna, Jan 4, 2013.

sorry the intrusion.

does anyone knows wines produced by Chiodi Ascona? Someone proposed me to buy a good quantity of "Ultima Goccia 2008", which seems to be fine, but the price is... , and i do not knows anyone who knows this wine.

Theyr website is

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