Swiss Wine Regions

Valais

Walk through the vineyards of Sierre

September 10, 2011 (All day)

Walk along a trail between the vineyards and woods of Sierre. Eighty information panels line the course, located at the widest part of the Rhone valley with splendid views of valleys, forests, hamlets and villages. Read more »

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Château de Villa, Sierre, Sierre

Sixteenth century Château with a restaurant, wine bar, wine museum, and “Sensorama” with wine-tasting programs.

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Saas-Fee Gourmet Trail

Saas-Fee’s best chefs and sommeliers will present their finest creations as participants ramble through breathtaking mountain scenery.

June 24, 2012 (All day)

Begin at Hannig valley station with an amuse-bouche in the company of expert wine connoisseurs from the region. Read more »

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The Wine Grapes of Switzerland

Chasselas

In contrast to its native France where it wasn’t too successful as a wine grape, the Chasselas shines in Switzerland. Basically neutral in character, it reflects the nuances of the terroirs where it’s grown. Chasselas may be one of the first grape varieties ever cultivated and is one of, if not the dominant wine grapes grown in Switzerland.

Johannisberg

Second in white wines of Valais (after Fendant). The name Johannisberg is only used in Valais; the rest of French-speaking Switzerland call it Gros Rhin. The grape used to make Johannisberg is the Grüner Sylvaner. The origin of the grape is not clear. On the one hand it strongly resembles the Roman Apianisien (loved by bees) grape, as described by Pliny the Elder in his “Historia naturalis”, on the other hand, its more likely birthplace is in Romanian Transylvania.

Gwäss

Gwäss is the German-ized name of Gouais Blanc.

Drink wine, and you will sleep well. Sleep well and you will not sin. Avoid sin, and you will be saved. Ergo, drink wine and be saved.

Medieval German Saying

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