Swiss Wine Regions

Glossary of W

Waiter’s friend

A popular type of corkscrew used commonly in the hospitality industry.


An alcoholic beverage made from the fermentation of unmodified grape juice.

Wine cave

A large cave that is excavated to provide a cool location for storing and aging wine. Similar to wine cellar.

Wine cellar

A cool, dark location in which wine is stored, often for the purpose of aging wine and impressing your friends.

Wine fault

Undesirable characteristics in wine caused by poor winemaking techniques or storage conditions.

Wine fraud

Any form of dishonesty in the production or distribution of wine.

Wine label

The descriptive sticker or signage adhered to the side of a wine bottle.

Wine tasting

The sensory evaluation of wine, encompassing not only taste, but also mouth-feel, aroma, and color.


A device, comprising two vats or receptacles, one for trodding and bruising grapes, and the other for collecting the juice.


A person engaged in the occupation of making wine.


A building, property, or company that is involved in the production of wine.

Glossary by Letter

  • A (21)
  • B (36)
  • C (38)
  • D (17)
  • E (8)
  • F (24)
  • G (5)
  • H (7)
  • I (4)
  • J (2)
  • K (1)
  • L (10)
  • M (25)
  • N (5)
  • O (10)
  • P (23)
  • Q (1)
  • R (13)
  • S (31)
  • T (21)
  • U (2)
  • V (22)
  • W (11)
  • Y (2)
  • Z (1)

The Wine Grapes of Switzerland

Marsanne Blanche

Originally from the steep slopes of the Côtes-du-Rhône, the Marsanne blanche grape found its way up the Rhone to Valais in Switzerland, and is known here under the name of Ermitage (or Hermitage).


The Freisamer plays more of a role in Graubünden but has a small presence in a few other cantons. It’s a hybrid of Silvaner x Pinot gris, developed in Freiburg in the Breisgau region. A temperamental grape that puts great demands on the type of soil and location—do I hear you say “terroir”?—it’s been trying to make a name for itself since the sixties but hasn’t really taken off.


A new variety (Gamay x Reichensteiner), developed in 1970 at Pully (Vaud), Garanoir ripens early. Can give interesting blends with Gamay, Gamaret or sometimes Pinot Noir.

Wine is a peep-hole on a man.


Swiss Alps, cows, wine bottle and large clock face in Bern, Switzerland

Fine Swiss Wine

Discover Switzerland’s odd grapes, small producers, and eclectic tastes