Swiss Wine Regions

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Sharp

Acid taste on the palate. Not necessarily unpleasant smoky flavour and aromatic complexity. Usually a by-product of fired (toasted) oak barrels.

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Soft

Describes a wine with a mild tannin or acid sensation with no harshness on the palate or in the aftertaste.

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Sangria

A tart punch made from red wine along with orange, lemon and apricot juice with added sugar.

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Sec

French for dry, except in the case of Champagne, where it means semi-sweet.

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The Wine Grapes of Switzerland

Blatina

A red wine grape of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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.

Pinot Noir

Genetic studies have revealed that Pinot Noir is probably one of the two ancestors (the other being the humble Gouais) of some of the most important vines cultivated in Europe today. It is certainly a particularly ancient variety, and originally from Burgundy. Pinot Noir, with its associated clones, is found all over Switzerland, but it is only in the eastern region that it dominates production. It is either produced as a varietal or blended with other grapes. These blends are known as Salvagnin in Vaud and Dôle in Valais. Depending on where it is grown, it can produce a wine that is either light and fruity, or rich and full-bodied.

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

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