Merlot, although often used as a grape for blending (often with Cabernet Sauvignon), is a grape that produces some excellent single variety wine. It can be glorious on its own as seen in some of the wines from Pomerol and St. Emillion and this glory can be found in other expressions of the grape throughout the world.
A few places in Italy grow Merlot for this purpose and there are also excellent Merlots created in Valais and Thermenregion in Switzerland, but in that country it is to Ticino that we turn to find some wonderful single variety Merlot wines.
Ticino is of course right next to Italy and that is the language predominantly spoken there. Here they make Merlot into both red and white wine. Unlike the majority of ‘White Merlot’ this really is a white wine and not a rosé.
Altesse is the most prestigious white grape of Savoie and is the grape in the famous Roussette de Savoie.
Blauer Portugieser vines give prolific yields and give delicious, simple, light-bodied wines.
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 gives fruity wines, with an elegant bouquet and with an intense crimson-tinted purple colour.
Diolinoir have excellent deep colour, as might be expected, good tannins and are quite powerful.
With low yields encouraged and oak used, wines with complexity and good body are being released.
Eyholzer Roter wine is a medium red, with a nose of mountain violets and raspberries.
Gamaret was developed for cultivation in French Switzerland and is a full sibling of Garanoir.
Gamay is such an exciting grape and has superb food-matching abilities few other reds can match.
The wines are highly fragrant with an intense floral bouquet, with the best having a sweet grassiness.
“A beautiful floral nose, packed with rose petals, and also spice and cloves. Medium bodied, dry, very flavoursome.”
Himbertscha wines typically have aromas of spring herbs, wild garlic, dandelion, hazlenuts and lemons.
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.
Mondeuse Blanche wines are typically made in the fresh, dry style, typical of Savoie.
The white Petite Arvine is one of the varieties that makes the Valais so very interesting.
The best are concentrated, complex and age well in bottle, some well in excess of a decade.
The Rèze is one of the oldest white grape varieties still grown in the Valais region of Switzerland.
Roter Traminer has low acidity and literally does smell (and taste) of roses along with dried fruit.
As well as sweet and dry wines from Gumpoldskirchen we also have a couple of wines from Wagram.
Sauvignon Blanc is a well-known international grape variety that began its life in France.
Sauvignon Gris wines tend to be richer and more voluptuous in texture than Sauvignon Blanc.
The mature Sylvaner wines have much to offer with more spiciness coming through with age.
Syrah has become one of the world's most popular varieties thanks to very intense loud wines, but in our climate it has elegance
The Viognier grape has natural aromatics including notes of peach, pears, violets and minerals.