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

Chénin blanc

The versatile “Pinot de la Loire” produces some fine wine in Valais. Like the Chasselas, it provides a neutral canvas for the winemaker’s art and terroir. Originating in the Loire valley of France, it has no relation or similarity to Pinot blanc.

Humagne Blanche

Only planted in Valais today, Humagne blanche* is another of the very old Swiss grapes, probably brought in by the Romans. Having a high iron content, and supposedly health-giving properties, this wine was decreed a “health wine” (Krankenwein) for centuries. The old written documents in which this wine is referred to as vinum hum-anum date from the 12th and 14th Centuries. It’s also called Kinderbettenwein or baby crib wine. I’ll bet those kids didn’t have much to cry about.

*no relation to the Humagne Rouge

Sauvignon blanc

One of the classic grapes of France, Sauvignon blanc is planted in most wine regions of the world. It produces a wide range of wine styles.

Wine is at the head of all medicines; where wine is lacking, drugs are necessary.

Talmud

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