Swiss Wine - Small is Beautiful
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, in spite of making wine in nearly every canton (county) the Swiss are large importers of wine.
Switzerland is a fascinating winemaking country. The vineyards landscapes are enchanting and the diversity is incredible. Add to that a requirement to be sustainable and green, quality expectations unrivaled anywhere, with unique terroirs and varieties and you have a wine lover's dreamland. Right on your doorstep in the heart of Europe, often ignored for its larger neighbours, but an unmissable experience for every wine lover.
In Switzerland wine is so embedded in life and land that everyone either is a winemaker or knows one (usually many). There are hundreds of small family producers and even the larger winemakers are small on the world scale, which allows for diversity and high quality. We have chosen some of the best representatives of Switzerland's wine scene - classic family wineries, top cooperatives and cult winemakers.
The "Aigle Les Murailles" is one of the top wines and one of the most famous in Switzerland.
Jean-René Germanier and Gilles Besse - a family tradition of award winning wines.
Swiss Wine Regions
Nearly every canton (county) produces wine but the main areas are along the lakes and major rivers. In Western Switzerland along Lake Geneva, Lake Neuchâtell and the Rhône. In Eastern Switzerland along the Rhine and Lake Zürich. In Southern Switzerland in the lake valleys of Italian speaking Ticino. Start your journey below:
Vaud is a wine tourists paradise with four very distinctive regions steeped in beauty and history.
The best known white wines of Neuchâtel are the lively ones made from Chasselas.
Swiss Wine Grapes
In Switzerland we have a wide repertoire of grape varieties and winemaking styles and almost every grape variety has a perfect terroir somewhere. Some of these are only grown in Switzerland including some of the rarest anywhere (such as the casanova grape Gwäss or the rarest Plantscher). Start exploring below:
We offer Cabernet Franc from Switzerland and Israel as single variety wines and blends.
Wherever there are vines growing around the world there is likely to be Cabernet Sauvignon.
Cornalin, originally named Rouge du Pays, was once the dominant red grape variety in Valais.
Diolinoir have excellent deep colour, as might be expected, good tannins and are quite powerful.
Eyholzer Roter wine is a medium red, with a nose of mountain violets and raspberries.
Gamaret is a new grape, a valuable blend grape, but also as a single variety of singular smooth elegance.
“A beautiful floral nose, packed with rose petals, and also spice and cloves. Medium bodied, dry, very flavoursome.”
Humagne Blanche is delicate, with aromas of white blossoms and notes of honey and resin.
Humagne Rouge is a high quality indigenous red grape grown in Valais.
This is a very rare grape indeed and is only found in the Haut-Valais region of Switzerland.
Merlot is probably the most common and popular grape worldwide - but Alpine Merlot is in its own league.
The best are concentrated, complex and age well in bottle, some well in excess of a decade.
Almost as versatile as Riesling, Pinot Gris gives an opportunity to widen your wine knowledge.
The Rèze is one of the oldest white grape varieties still grown in the Valais region of Switzerland.
Sauvignon Gris wines tend to be richer and more voluptuous in texture than Sauvignon Blanc.
The good dry wines have aromas of blackcurrant and notes of grapefruit - worth looking for.