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  • Winemakers: Chanton

    Extraordinary rescuer of worthy grape varieties

Switzerland  Valais 

In Valais, only about 1.29 hectares of Lafnetscha is cultivated.

Winemaker Chanton Wein
Features Unoaked, "Slow Wine", Old Vines, Vegetarian and Vegan
Style White, Still, Dry, Single Variety
  • Alpine Wines Grape Varieties: Lafnetscha
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These ancient variety white wines improve with age so we recommend buying the oldest vintage available, especially if the wine is for a tasting.

The joy of ultra-rare grapes is that we can drink them without driving them to extinction. In fact, the more we drink them the more likely they are to be cultivated!

This is a really interesting wine. Light in colour with a fruity nose and a good fruity taste.

I would like to be able to compare it to another, better known grape, but it is quite unlike any other grape!

Try it for the history and the thrill of entering the unknown. Enjoy it for the flavour and winemaking skill.

Wine Details

Style White, Still, Dry, Single Variety
Winemaker Chanton Wein
Country Switzerland
Region Valais
Features Unoaked, "Slow Wine", Old Vines, Vegetarian and Vegan
Vineyard Vispertal, Lalden, Brigerbad
Aged In Steel
Closure Natural Cork
Varieties Lafnetscha
Composition Lafnetscha 100%
Ripeness Normal
Winemaking Spontaneous Yeast, Unfiltered, Low Added Sulphur

Serving Suggestions

Sauerkraut, pot-au-feu, hors d'oeuvres, shrimp, shellfish, cheese and onion cakes, Raclette, and Fondue.

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

Chanton's Lafnetscha has a light but complex nose of pine forest, linden blossom, bergamot and ripe bananas. On the palate it is quite full-bodied, dry with good concentration of fruit and a fresh lively acidity. It is a very refreshing wine.


The Lafnetscha grape is grown exclusively in the Haut Valais. It is believed to be closely related to another indigenous Swiss white grape, the Completer or Blanchier, grown in the Bündner Herrschaft village of Malans in eastern Switzerland. The name Lafnetscha comes from "Laff-nit-scha", a local dialect phrase suggesting this wine should not be drunk too young. Lafnetscha wines do indeed have some ageing potential if correctly made.


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