Swiss Wine Regions

Wine Making

Volatile acidity

The level of acetic acid present within a wine.


Wine cave

A large cave that is excavated to provide a cool location for storing and aging wine. Similar to wine cellar.


Wine cellar

A cool, dark location in which wine is stored, often for the purpose of aging wine and impressing your friends.



The process of making grape juice into wine.


The Wine Grapes of Switzerland


Gwäss is the German-ized name of Gouais Blanc.


A new variety (Gamay x Reichensteiner), developed in 1970 at Pully (Vaud), Garanoir ripens early. Can give interesting blends with Gamay, Gamaret or sometimes Pinot Noir.

Pinot Noir

Genetic studies have revealed that Pinot Noir is probably one of the two ancestors (the other being the humble Gouais) of some of the most important vines cultivated in Europe today. It is certainly a particularly ancient variety, and originally from Burgundy. Pinot Noir, with its associated clones, is found all over Switzerland, but it is only in the eastern region that it dominates production. It is either produced as a varietal or blended with other grapes. These blends are known as Salvagnin in Vaud and Dôle in Valais. Depending on where it is grown, it can produce a wine that is either light and fruity, or rich and full-bodied.

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

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