Switzerland - Biodynamic Wines
Biodynamic wines are organic wines made following the lunar calendar and the naturalistic beliefs of Rudolf Steiner.
It is a holistic concept - looking at the whole ecosystem through cycles and energy. The goal is to enhance the natural life-flow cycles of the vine and especially its immune system. Memorable processes in biodynamic vinetending include using cow horns to hold the silica which will be buried in the soil and applying specific herbal sprays on precise days.
There is a dose of non scientific magical thinking in biodynamic processes. But as one of my winemakers put it "it doesn't make sense and I feel silly doing some of it, but my vines look healthier"
Swiss Wine - Small and Perfectly Formed
Wine has been grown in Switzerland for 2,000 years. Yet very little is known about these wines outside of Switzerland. That is because the Swiss drink most of it, so Swiss wine is hard to find.
Switzerland is a fabulous winemaking country and one of the most wine crazy countries. In Switzerland wine is so embedded in life and land that almost everyone either is a winemaker or knows one (usually many). The Swiss also have very high expectations of quality, sustainability and ecology, which means the wines are not just excellent, they are also clean and green. The vineyard landscapes are stunning, with unique terroirs and an exhuberance of native and internation varieties. This is a wine lover's dreamland.
Being Swiss, I am able to source wines that are very hard to get - sometimes only because my parents already bought them! I have chosen some of the best representatives of Switzerland's wine scene - classic family wineries, top cooperatives and cult winemakers.
Find your wine in the list below, or jump to the regions and keep reading.
Petite Arvine Cave Jean Rene GermanierA fantastically balanced Petite Arvine
Pinot Noir Neuchâtel Domaine de MontmollinSmooth Pinot Noir, won Grand Or in Brussels in 2017
St-Saphorin Blaise Dubouxnot usually found in 75cl, don't miss it
Fendant President Troillet Marie-Therese ChappazThe most famous Fendant of Marie Therese's range - possibly the first of her wines I knew
Grain Ermitage Marie-Therese ChappazMy special favourite in Marie-Therese Chappaz's range. Stunning year on year
Grain Nature Marie-Therese ChappazThis is supremely elegant natural wine
Dole La Liaudisaz Marie-Therese ChappazA gorgeous concentrated Dole, without being too serious
Grain Noble Arvine Marie-Therese ChappazLegendary sweet wine
Grain Noir Marie-Therese ChappazCabernet and Merlot in Alpine purity