Swiss Wine Regions

Wine Making

Vineyard

A place where grape vines are grown for wine making purposes.

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Viniculture

The art and science of making wine. Also called enology (or oenology). Not to be confused with viticulture.

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Tun

A wine cask that holds approximately, two butts, or 252 U.S. gallons.

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Ullage

The headspace between wine and the top of a container. This is kept to a minimum to avoid oxidation.

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The Wine Grapes of Switzerland

Weisser Burgunder

See: Pinot Blanc

Cornalin

An ancient and indigenous alpine variety found only in Valais, Cornalin gives a wine that is fruity with a fine bouquet and intense purple-red color. The slightly rustic hint makes it a good companion for game dishes.

Humagne Blanche

Only planted in Valais today, Humagne blanche* is another of the very old Swiss grapes, probably brought in by the Romans. Having a high iron content, and supposedly health-giving properties, this wine was decreed a “health wine” (Krankenwein) for centuries. The old written documents in which this wine is referred to as vinum hum-anum date from the 12th and 14th Centuries. It’s also called Kinderbettenwein or baby crib wine. I’ll bet those kids didn’t have much to cry about.

*no relation to the Humagne Rouge

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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