Vegetarian: All our Alpine Wines are suitable for vegetarians and vegans. None of our winemakers use fining products of animal origin, nor egg protein. A few are even Vegan certified
The Himbertscha is a very rare variety. The name has nothing to do with raspberries (Himbeeren), but rather it comes from "im Bercla" meaning "in the vine" ("Bercla" is a Germanization of the Italian "pergola"). Indeed, this is the preferred method of training this variety.
In the 1970s, the Himbertscha was saved in extremis from certain disappearance by Josef-Marie Chanton, Visp producer, who had spotted some vines in the old vineyards of Visperterminen. He now has less than a quarter of a hectare planted.
Himbertscha is most commonly found in blends with Chasselas, the dominant variety of Switzerland. That said, a handful of producers do make varietal Himbertscha wines although Chanton’s are the only commercially available. These are typically straw coloured, and present aromas of spring herbs, wild garlic, dandelion, hazlenuts and lemons. On the palate, the flavours are quite similar to moss, lemon and Brazil nuts.
Himbertscha is the child of Humagne and the half sibling of Lafnetscha.
As a half-Swiss I know what distinctive, quality wines Switzerland can produce. Until now, the problem has been locating them in the UK, since the demise of the Swiss Centre in Leicester Square many years ago. Keep them coming!
PS: I would like to see, and taste a pinot noir or two from the Germanic region - very distinctive from Burgundy, but more importantly from the lighter, thinner Germanic pinot.
It was the first time I have ordered from Alpine Wines and I just wanted to say that I found the unexpected follow-up call a very nice touch. I am also pleased to report that it was the winning wine for our Austrian evening at our very informal wine club!