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

Arvine

Another delivery from Rome, there are actually three Arvine grape varieties, only two used for wine production: Grand Arvine, with the larger berries, and Petit Arvine, with the, you guessed it, smaller berries. The unloved Arvine brune has faded from the scene. Grand Arvine gets criticized for displaying little character, whereas the Petit Arvine tends to have a fuller bouquet and lower acidity. In blind tasting, Petit Arvine generally kicks ass against its plumper brother. Arvine is also an excellent grape for late harvest wine, which can be cellared.

Syrah

A classic red grape variety transplanted from the Côtes-du-Rhône area, Syrah is still somewhat of a rarity here and is grown mainly in Valais and on well-exposed slopes. It produces a spicy, deeply colored, elegant tannic wine that ages well.

Räuschling

The Räuschling grape is a very old and probably indigenous Swiss white wine grape. Once fairly common in Switzerland and Alsace, Räuschling got pushed aside by the more useful Müller-Thurgau grape, and today Räuschling is a minor grape. Still found in Alsace, France, and occasionally used in the “Vin d’Alsace”, it still retains quite some respect in the German-speaking parts of Switzerland, most notably in the canton of Zurich, where is is considered a “Zuri-grape”.

It is also planted in Valais.

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

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