Swiss Wine Regions

Saas-Fee Gourmet Trail

Saas-Fee’s best chefs and sommeliers will present their finest creations as participants ramble through breathtaking mountain scenery.

June 24, 2012 (All day)

Begin at Hannig valley station with an amuse-bouche in the company of expert wine connoisseurs from the region. Then take the gondola up to the top and make your way back down on foot surrounded by stunning mountain scenery. Along the way you’ll experience six more flights of culinary fancy, each of which will be coupled with the perfect Valais wine.

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The Wine Grapes of Switzerland

Chénin blanc

The versatile “Pinot de la Loire” produces some fine wine in Valais. Like the Chasselas, it provides a neutral canvas for the winemaker’s art and terroir. Originating in the Loire valley of France, it has no relation or similarity to Pinot blanc.

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.

Regent

Regent is a very practical red grape. It matures early, is resistant to disease, needs little protection, and makes a decent wine. Cool.

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

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