Swiss Wine Uncovered
Makers of perhaps the finest chocolates in the world, superior quality watches and knives, producer of over 450 kinds of cheeses, Switzerland is also home to over forty wine grape varieties with over 1.1 million hectolitres of wine produced yearly from its six large wine regions.
With a wine making history of over 800 years, why is there so little familiarity with Swiss wine and why the difficulty in finding them on the international market? Simple! That’s because only 1% to 2% of Swiss wine is exported. The rest is consumed right in Switzerland by its citizens and tourists. An overlooked wine making heaven, from Zurich to Geneva and from Neuchatel to Ticino, a striking impression of flavours and textures of Swiss wine awaits your palate.
Located in the center of Western Europe and entirely landlocked between Germany, Austria, Italy and France, Switzerland embodies three different main social groups: French Switzerland, German Switzerland and Italian Switzerland. Needless to say, Swiss culture is a reflection of its neighbours with major influences on its various vernaculars, viticulture and winemaking. Experience for yourself the wondrous world of Swiss produced wine.
Some wine grape varietal of Switzerland
- “Chasselas from Ecole de Changins – Chasselas is native to Switzerland and produced full bodied, fruity, dry white wine.”
- “Pinot Noir – In Switzerland, Pinot Noir grows especially well in the canton of Graubünden (a.k.a. Grisons) and near Geneva.”
- “Gamaret – is a varietal created in the 1970s to suit the terroir of French Switzerland – which makes it almost impossible to find outside of Switzerland!”
- “Humagne Rouge (a.k.a Cornalin d’Aoste) is an indigenous grape varietal of Switzerland. It is now mainly planted in the Valais region.”
- “Amigne – another native Swiss varietal, makes a range of wines from dry to sweet. You can tell how sweet an Amigne wine is by how many bees are on the label. This was a first in Switzerland – a wine law that required winemakers to disclose the sugar content of their wines. One bee is dry to off dry (i.e. a hint of sweetness) and three bees is very sweet.”
Swiss Wine Facts:
Chasselas are the most common white grape variety in Switzerland.
“Four Swiss wines, two from Vaud, one from Valais and one from Ticino, are included by the wine reviewer David Schildknecht in his personal best of 2012 in The Wine Advocate, one of the world’s most influential wine guides.”
Mountains, terraces and steep slopes are key features of Swiss vineyards.