More than 2860 entries for the Grand Prix du Vin Suisse despite 2017's low harvest

Grand Prix du Vin Suisse co-organisers VINEA Association and Vinum magazine are delighted to announce the 2018 edition of the leading competition for Swiss wines, to be held June 25th – 30th.

No less than 2867 wines will be tasted in Sierre by 158 judges, and there are 32 more entries than in last year's competition, despite the fact that the 2017 harvest was the lowest in 40 years. 


François Murisier elected President of VINOFED

The Annual General Meeting of the Fédération Mondiale des Grands Concours Internationaux de Vin et Spiritueux (VinoFed) was held in Madrid on March 10, during the Concours Bacchus.

The following were elected to the Executive Committee:

  • François Murisier: President
  • Zoltan Zilai: Vice-president responsible for development
  • Wolfgang Haupt: Vice-president responsible for relations with Germany

The secretariat was entrusted to


Make time for Swiss Wine at ProWein 2018

Once again ProWein will open for three days from March 18 through 20, 2018 in Düsseldorf. This international wine trade fair is exclusively reserved for professionals. It has been organized since 1994 by the Messe Düsseldorf Group, and has become, over the years, together with Vinexpo, the major event for international operators and decision-makers in the wine and spirits sector.

18 new Masters of Wine join the Institute at the Annual Awards Ceremony

The Institute of Masters of Wine has welcomed 18 new Masters of Wine (MWs) to its membership at the Institute’s Annual Awards Ceremony in London. The ceremony celebrates the induction of the new MWs to the Institute and recognises individual excellence in all aspects of the Masters of Wine (MW) examination. There are now 369 MWs based in 29 different countries.



Swiss wine stars announced at the Gala des Vins Suisses - Les Frères Dutruy (Founex, VD) voted Swiss Winery of the Year 2017

The stars of the Swiss wine scene were announced at the Gala dinner held in Bern, attended by Switzerland's major players. Of the 78 short-listed wines from across the country, 39 were award winners, carrying off the first, second and third place prizes given for each of the 13 categories. This year, all of Switzerland's wine regions won awards, with canton Valais winning 6 of the competition's 13 categories. Les Frères Dutruy (Founex, VD) took the highly-coveted prize of Swiss Winery of the Year 2017.

24th edition of the VINEA Swiss Wine Fair is a success

Sierre, September 2, 2017: the 2017 edition of the VINEA Swiss Wine Fair closed its doors after three very successful days during which the many visitors discovered the fair's new features. The inclement weather did not dampen the spirits of the 6350 visitors who attended the 24th VINEA Swiss Wine Fair and the producers declared themselves satisfied, notably by the quality of the attendance  and the presence of younger wine enthusiasts from across French-speaking Switzerland. The event's new features - in particular the Tasting Workshops – met with great success.

Winner of Mondial du Merlot & Assemblages 2017 winner is from Ticino

The 10th edition of the Mondial du Merlot & Assemblages maintained its  international profile with over 450 entries (an increase of 10%) from 22 countries. The only Great Gold medal was awarded to a Merlot from Ticino, with wines from France and Italy (the two countries with the most entries after Switzerland) also winning gold medals. These great wines will be presented to the public during the 2nd Festival of Merlots in Zurich.