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

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.

Heida

From France’s Franche-Compté region, Heida is a rarity that is grown in the high vineyards of Visperterminen (Upper Valais) with the help of the warm Foehn winds. Probably brought into Valais by the Ligurians during their retreat into the mountains.

Weisser Burgunder

See: Pinot Blanc

In vino veritas.

Pliny the Elder

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

Fine Swiss Wine

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