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Cave Jean Rene Germanier - Weingut Kiss

Cave Jean Rene Germanier - Weingut Kiss

There are three Weingut Kiss in the same town, which means we got lost on our first visit. But this visit turned into one of the best days of my 2016, and our visit this year one of the best in 2018, so it was worth the initial confusion.

The winery was started by Georg Kiss (pronounced "Kisch") in 1837 - a wine cellar of 20 square meters!

Today Rudolf and Verena are the sixth generation, cultivating 10 hectares, many of them reclaimed and made into vineyards by hard work, removing thousands of tons of stone out.

The result is fantastic wine made by the loveliest people - what could be better?

Jean-René Germanier is regarded by many as one of Switzerland’s top wine producers.

Founded in 1886, making it one of the oldest Swiss wineries, this family owned company is now headed by 3rd generation Jean-René and his nephew Gilles Besse.

Today they continue the family tradition of wines and spirits with the same passionate and untiring pursuit of quality. They produce wines that have earned them a place alongside the best winemakers in Switzerland while devoting their efforts in particular to the native varieties and wines characteristic of the unique terroir of the Valais.

The boutique winery produces unique, award-winning wines such as Cayas, Mitis and Cornalin Champmarais which are enjoyed at the best tables in Europe.

With an average age of 35 years the vineyards themselves guarantee ample structure in the bottle. 

"We believe that the cultivation of vineyards must be conducted in such a way as to produce the best possible grapes with maximum respect for the environment. For this reason we were among those who pioneered methods of integrated production, which guarantee carefully moderated use of chemical agents by integrating natural factors. The spider mite for example, is controlled by means of its natural enemy, the typhlodrome mite. Today we are once again in the vanguard of methods introduced to better safeguard the environment through practices such as the greening of vineyards, as part of a transition entirely to certified organic production. We believe this is one of the most important steps towards a sustainable viticulture for the future."

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From 1896 onwards when he harvested his first vintage at Balavaud, Urbain Germanier devoted his life to his vineyards. Later, the torch passed to his three sons, Francis, Paul and Charles whose wines claimed their place among the premiers crus, the best growths of the Valais.

Around 1940 Francis Germanier decided to introduce a table pear variety to the plains of the Rhône valley called Williams, or Williams Bon Chrétien after the English nurseryman who discovered it. In 1945 a severe storm threw the entire harvest to the ground. Faced with this disaster Francis decided to distill the fruit. The resultant eau-de-vie proved extraordinarily aromatic and harmonious. The Bon Père William was born and rapidly established itself as one of the typical specialities of the canton, inseparable from the legendary spectacle of the pear in the bottle. The production of spirits became for many years the most important activity of the family domaine until winemaking returned to predominance in the course of the 1980s.

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  • Each wine will bring something distinctive to your table.
  • Even the rarities are chosen for your drinking pleasure first.
  • From the winemakers they love most back in their home country.
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