Swiss Wine Regions


Academie du Vin, Zurich

Academie du Vin


Mémoire & Friends

The Swiss Association for the wine, Mémoire des Vins Suisses, brings together representatives of numerous winegrowers' associations and leading producers from around Switzerland. So, along with some seminars, you’ll have the chance to meet some of the leading producers of Swiss wine from the regions of Valais, Vaud, Geneva, Three Lakes Region, German-speaking Switzerland and Ticino

August 29, 2011 (All day)

Kongresshaus Zürich, Zurich

Kongresshaus Zürich is on of the main convention centers of Zurich, Switzerland.


Masters of Food & Wine Zurich – Park Hyatt Zurich

I don’t think calling the Masters of Food & Wine Zurich a Culinary Retreat would be too wide off the mark. Certainly at the luxurious end of the Swiss wine event spectrum, this long weekend organized by Frank Widmer (executive chef at Park Hyatt Zurich) and the Junge Schweiz – Neue Winzer (Young Switzerland – New Wine Makers) should highlight what Switzerland has always excelled at, good food, fine wine and hospitality.
The Masters of Food and Wine Package is CHF 3’580 per person.

September 27, 2011 (All day)
September 30, 2011 (All day)

The Wine Grapes of Switzerland


Here’s an obscure language lesson. The name Lafnetscha is derived from the local dialect. Because the grape is harvested early, it makes for a acerbic wine which should not be drunk too young. In the local dialect, the verb to drink is “gelafft”, so laff-nit-scha is drink-not-already (sort of). As to the grape, it is one of the oldest in from Haut-Valais. Almost identical to the Blachier. Please see Completer for more information.


From France’s Franche-Compté region, Heida is a rarity that is grown in the high vineyards of Visperterminen (Upper Valais) with the help of the warm Foehn winds. Probably brought into Valais by the Ligurians during their retreat into the mountains.


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.

To eat, to drink and to be merry.


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