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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.

There seems no doubt that Merlot originated in France but it has spread throughout the world and can be found in most winemaking countries.

Following much DNA analysis and some archaeological searching worthy of a Dan Brown novel, it has now been established that Merlot is the offspring of Cabernet Franc and Magdeleine Noire des Charentes. It has other well-known siblings – Cabernet Sauvignon, Cot and the grape that was so often confused with Merlot, Carmenère.

Merlot' Wines

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Switzerland
White

Guido Brivio
Guaranteed surprise!
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Switzerland
Red

Domaine des Abeilles d'Or
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Switzerland
Red

Guido Brivio
bv_rw_platinum_-_copy_1
Switzerland
Red

Guido Brivio
A masterpiece of concentration.
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Switzerland
Red

Guido Brivio
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Switzerland
Red

Gialdi Vini
One of my favourite Merlots anywhere!
gv_ww_terre_alte_-_copy_1
Switzerland
White
bv_rw_touch_-_copy_1
Switzerland
Red

Guido Brivio
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Austria
Red

Franz & Christine Netzl
The best red wine in Austria 2015 - Falstaff.
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Switzerland
Red

Giroud, Sion
Cabernet Merlot from the Valais
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Switzerland
Red

Lively Ticino Merlot
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Switzerland
Red

Gialdi Vini
Mendrizio Merlot
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Switzerland
Red

Guido Brivio
Classic fruity "Grotto" Merlot.
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Austria
Red

Christian Fischer
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Switzerland
Red

Giroud, Sion
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Austria
Red

Weingut Christ
edles_tal_side
Austria
Red

Franz & Christine Netzl
electus_side
Switzerland
Red

Valais Mundi
A wine created to raise expectations about Swiss wine to a whole new level.
bv_ww_gran_rose_-_copy_1
Switzerland
Rosé

Guido Brivio
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Switzerland
Red

Gregor Kuonen et Fils
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Switzerland
Red
neuberg_06_side
Austria
Red

Alex Schreiner
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Austria
Red

Christian Fischer
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Switzerland
Red

Merlot from Losone, Ticino
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Austria
Red

Weingut Nigl
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Austria
Red

Harald Breitenfelder
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Austria
Rosé

Weingut Familie Zull
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Switzerland
White
gv_rw_trentasei_-_copy_1
Switzerland
Red

Gialdi Vini
36 months in barrel and smooth as silk
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Switzerland
Red
veratina2009_-_copy
Austria
Red

Weingut Weninger
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Austria
Red

Christian Fischer
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Switzerland
Red

Cave de La Côte
Back mid June!
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