Tucked in the southeast corner of Switzerland is Graubünden (or Grisons), and in the north of that canton, tucked between Bonaduz and Fläsch, is the Bündner Herrschaft, Graubündens main wine area. Thanks to its geographic situation and the Föhn, it produces some of the best red wines in German-speaking Switzerland, and its specialty is the Blauburgunder (Pinot noir). Although over 80% of the wine from Graubünden is red, they also produce some fine white wines, including a bit of sweet Freisamer wine.
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.