Swiss Wine Regions

Grapes starting with the letter "S"

Sauvignon blanc

One of the classic grapes of France, Sauvignon blanc is planted in most wine regions of the world. It produces a wide range of wine styles.

Savagnin blanc

Heida

Sémillon

Hard to believe that Sémillon’s main claim to fame is its propensity to rot, but because of its soft skin Sémillon is prone to Botrytis cinerea (a.k.a. “noble rot”). The “rot” concentrates the acid and sugar in the grape, and the resulting wine can be complex, rich, sweet, and aromatic. In short: pretty damn nice. The best known of this sweet style wine is Sauternes, coming from the Sauternais region of the Graves, near Bordeaux in France.

Sémillon can also make an elegant dry white wine, but since it can be short on acidity, it is often vinified with Sauvignon blanc.

Malaga; Chevrier; Goulon Blanc, Blanc Doux; Monsois Blanc; Colombarride; Colombier; Goulue Blanc, Semillon Muscat, Semillon Roux, Semillon Crucillant; Groendruif; Sauternes; Greengrape; Petit Semillon, St. Emilion; Wynedruif; Hunter River Riesling; Semijon; Barnawartha Pinot; Boal; Semillon Feher; Sotern

Sylvaner

Originally from the Danube basin, Sylvaner is widely planted in well-exposed locations in Valais where it ripens later than Chasselas, producing wines with good body, bouquet and acidity. It is also used, although rarely, for late harvest wine.

Johannisberg (French-speaking Valais), Rhine or Grüner (German-speaking areas)

Syrah

A classic red grape variety transplanted from the Côtes-du-Rhône area, Syrah is still somewhat of a rarity here and is grown mainly in Valais and on well-exposed slopes. It produces a spicy, deeply colored, elegant tannic wine that ages well.

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