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From 19 to 21 March 2023, Swiss Wine Promotion (SWP) presented a wide selection of Swiss wines at the ProWein international wine and spirits trade fair in Düsseldorf, Germany. Swiss wines were one of the highlights over the three days, thanks to the presence of fifteen vineyards, a new free tasting area with more than thirty vintages and seven masterclasses. At the same time, ProWein Goes City hosted the Swiss wines on the occasion of a theme evening on wine tourism in collaboration with Switzerland Tourism. In addition, in partnership with Mövenpick, a tasting of Swiss wines at the public was organised in a boutique in the city center.The ProWein international wine and spirits trade fair in Düsseldorf, Germany, returned once again from 19 to 21 March 2023. For the occasion, SWP welcomed visitors to a stand featuring a new free tasting area, a friendly layout encourages visitors and winegrowers to meet, exchange views and taste the Swiss wines. Fifteen winemakers attended the trade fair:Albert Mathier & SöhneCastello di CantoneCaves du Château d’AuvernierCottinelli Weinbau MalansDomaine Jean-René GermanierFamille RouvinezGrillette Domaine de CressierLa Cave de la CôteRötiberg - KellereiSt. Jodern KellereiTamborini CarloVini & Distillati Angelo DeleaVinigmaWeingut LindenhofWine by JetThree additional wineries (Caves du Paradis, Schenk Suisse – Cave St-Pierre, Weingut Wegelin) joined those present in the free tasting area, meaning a selection of more than thirty vintages was on offer.In addition, seven masterclasses were held on the following themes: Swiss wines, Chasselas, non-filtered, and wines from Ticino. These workshops were led by Yvonne Heistermann, sommelier and ambassador for Chasselas, Jonas Ettlin and Claudio Tamborini. All the workshops were held either the SWP stand itself or the stand of our partner Meininger Verlag. They were all very warmly received with more than 150 participants attending.At the same time, a ProWein Goes City promotion, a type of event aimed at enthusiasts and connoisseurs, was held from 16 to 21 in the city centre of Düsseldorf. On Thursday 16 March, at the Hotel Kö 59 and in partnership with Switzerland Tourism, SWP took participants on a wine tour of Switzerland. Finally, for the first time and in collaboration with Mövenpick Wines, SWP organised a tasting for the public at their eponymous boutique in Herzogstrasse, in the city centre. More than XXX people took part in the tasting.
The Robert Parker Wine Advocate, an influential publication in the world of wine, releases its report on Swiss wines and, for the first time, a Swiss wine was awarded the maximum 100 points. This award-winning wine from Domaine Marie-Thérèse Chappaz is a sweet white wine: Grain par Grain Petite Arvine Domaine des Claives. In addition, this year, of the 281 Swiss wines tasted, 27 obtained more than 95 points, which means that they are classified among the “Extraordinary” wines according to Robert Parker.The Robert Parker Wine Advocate is one of the largest and most influential publications in the international wine world. For this review, some of the top wine journalists taste wines from around the world. For the eleventh year, Stephan Reinhardt, responsible for Switzerland, tasted 282 wines from all of the Swiss wine regions, more precisely the 2020 and 2021 vintages.For this 2023 edition, more than 280 wines from 67 Swiss winemakers were tasted (30 from German-speaking Switzerland, 14 from Valais, 8 from Ticino, 9 from the Trois Lacs region, 5 from the canton of Vaud and 1 from Geneva). The excellent Swiss results demonstrate the quality and know-how of Swiss producers. Among the 281 wines, 216 obtained more than 90 points. On the Robert Parker scale, wines between 90 and 94 points are classed as “Outstanding” and more than 95 points as “Extraordinary”. All the results are published on www.robertparker.com“I find that among the 2020 vintages many wines are very fine, elegant and supple. In Ticino, for example, the tannins are exceptionally fine. In 2021, the vines had to withstand adverse weather conditions. As a result, the wines are more racy, spicy and long-lasting; it is better to let them age for a few more years in the cellar” according to Stephan Reinhardt, journalist and Robert Parker reviewer for Switzerland.As for Nicolas Joss, Director of Swiss Wine Promotion: “The level of Swiss wines continues to rise. These high-level results confirm the position of excellence held by Swiss wines at international level. Swiss wines are able to compete with the most prestigious names thanks to their high quality. Switzerland can be proud of its vineyards.”On 11 and 12 March, the public will have the opportunity to taste some of the highest-rated Swiss wines at the “Matter of Taste” event at the Dolder Grand in Zurich. For this fifth edition, Swiss Wine is delighted to renew its partnership with Robert Parker. The Zurich edition of “Matter of Taste” has become one of the most important meetings in the world for professionals. This partnership aims to strengthen the positioning of Swiss wines on the international scene and to strengthen the brand image of Swiss wines.Do not miss this exceptional tasting, information and reservations on www.events.robertparker.com
A new wave of U.S. importers is turning its attention to the tiny Alpine nation—and the results are proving well worth the wait.Despite sharing borders with such viticultural heavyweights as France, Italy, Germany, and Austria, and boasting an equally storied wine culture, Switzerland’s reputation as a purveyor of cheese, chocolate, and complex financial instruments has always eclipsed its standing as a producer of fine wine. A tiny Alpine nation whose wine industry is composed of thousands of small, independent growers who earn their livelihoods tending the perilously steep, low-yielding slopes of its six unique growing regions, Switzerland ekes out barely over one million hectoliters of wine per year. Compared to Italy’s 50 million hectoliters, or even Germany’s eight million, that amounts to a minuscule quantity—less than half the amount necessary to satisfy domestic demand. As a result, the Swiss maintain a time-honored tradition of consuming the bulk of their wine within their own borders, with fewer than two percent of the country’s output earmarked for export. It should therefore come as no surprise that Swiss wine has never commanded more than a marginal presence in the U.S. market. According to Neal Rosenthal, the founder of Rosenthal Wine Merchant, one of the first U.S. importers to introduce estate-grown, small-production Swiss wines to American audiences, several related factors have conspired to perpetuate this chronic lack of visibility—not least of all, the wines’ scale of production, unfamiliarity, and price. Read the full article