Switzerland - Chardonnay - Eyholzer Roter (Hibou) - Humagne Blanche
Chardonnay is an international grape variety that originated in eastern central France, a natural cross between Pinot and Gouais Blanc. It is an immensely versatile and phenomenally popular variety. And for me it shines brightest in our cool climate.
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.
Euterpe Séduction Blanche Domaine des MusesSeduction is certainly the right word. This is a stunning white
Chardonnay Vielles Vignes Simon Maye et FilsFantastic mature Chardonnay
Auguste Chevalley Brut Mousseux Cave de La Cote UvavinsOne of the best sparkling wine in Switzerland. A bargain.
Eyholzer Roter Chanton WeinA surprising Alpine red, pale, fruity but also surprisingly, err, animal
Humagne Blanche Tradition Domaine des MusesHumagne Blanche on oak in a french style is magnificent.