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

Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains

The Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains, is one of the oldest grape varieties still around. It’s linked to the Anathelicon moschaton grape used by the Ancient Greeks, and the Apiane grapevines of the Romans. A white grape, it’s a member of the Muscat family. The name comes from its small berry and tight clusters. it’s called Muscat Canelli in Valais, but also goes under lots of names: Muscat Blanc, Moscato Bianco, Muscat de Frontignan, Muscat de Lunel, Muscat d'Alsace, Muskateller, Moscatel de Grano Menudo, Moscatel Rosé and Sárgamuskotály. Theoretically a white grape, the Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains can also produce berries that are pink or reddish brown.

Mondeuse

An old red grape variety well known in neighboring Savoie, Mondeuse is a rarity found in scattered plots in Chablais (Vaud).

Altesse

More appreciated on its home turf between Lyon and Lake Geneva, it thrives in Valais

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Martin Luther

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

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