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

Bernarda

An old vine, but you won’t find it for sale anymore. However it’s being experimented with by Jean Nicollier (I’m searching for more references). The Bernarda is a Prié blanc from the Val d’Aosta that may have come into Switzerland over the St. Bernhard pass, and hence the name.

Pinot Gris

Called Malvoisie in Valais, this grape has nothing to do with any of the Malvoisie varieties of the Muscat family and is another of the mutations of Pinot Noir. A vine grown in many of the Swiss areas, in Valais, Pinot Gris produces a fine sweet late harvest wine with honey overtones.

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.

Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart.

Ecclesiastes

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

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