Swiss Wine Regions

Zurich

Park Hyatt Zurich, Zurich

Park Hyatt Zurich, Switzerland is located near the lake in Zurich, Switzerland

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Weinbaumuseum am Zürichsee (Viticulture Museum)

Viticulture Museum, Au, Lake Zurich, SwitzerlandIt's rare to describe a museum as “welcoming”, but the Viticulture Museum is welcoming. Located on the peninsula Au (near Wädenswil) on Lake Zürich, the Viticulture Museum is both a museum and a focal point for people interested in Swiss wine and wine making. It offers both a historical perspective as well as addressing changes confronting Swiss winemakers today. On the day I visited they held a demonstration of barrel making, which is an endangered craft: there are currently three barrel makers in Switzerland and only one apprentice. Read more »

Weinpavillon

Annual wine tasting organized by the Zürichsee (Lake Zurich area) Wine Growers Association. Several wine makers from the Zürichsee region, including some of the up and coming younger vintners, will be there to share their products and answer questions.

September 3, 2011 (All day)
September 4, 2011 (All day)
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Zurich Wine Region

Large clock face in Zurich, Switzerland, wine glasses and wine bottleScurrying around in blue suits, the Gnomes of Zurich, seem too busy chasing daydreams and misconceptions about happiness to consider that just outside of town is the largest and most important Swiss wine region in German-speaking Switzerland.

Up until the 1960's, the wine industry around Zurich was not impressive. Then science and technology worked to improve quality and increase productivity, the labor intensive "Stickelbau" method for supporting the vine gave way to the more practical Drahtbau, and viticulture became a viable business. Today more than half the 171 municipalities of Zurich produce wine grapes. 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.

Freisamer

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.

Kerner

Named after local poet and physician, Justinus Kerner, the Kerner grape was hybridized in 1929 in Lauffen in the Württemberg region. A hybrid of the white Riesling and the red Trollinger (Schiava grossa), it resembles the Riesling in character. It is being vinified in limited quantities in Valais, but its future in Valais dosen’t look too bright. It continues to do well in Germany, and on a smaller basis in Austria and Italy.

Burgundy for Kings, Champagne for Duchesses, and claret for Gentlemen

French Proverb

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

Fine Swiss Wine

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