Where’s all the Swiss Wine?
Swiss wine is one of Switzerland’s best-kept secrets. There is a reason why you rarely see Swiss wines on restaurant lists or in neighborhood wine shops in North America. Nope, there is nothing wrong with our wine. It is just that it is only produced in small, artisanal batches – so we drink it mostly ourselves. But we are happy to share it with our guests. Come, hike and drink Swiss wine with us. Below a few tips for marvelous wine ways.
Wander Vines with a View
Covering 2000 acres (800 hectares), Lavaux is the largest contiguous Swiss vineyard region, and its daringly constructed hillside terraces have been protected by UNESCO since 2007. The best way to explore it is by hiking from St. Saphorin through the vines to Lutry. But make sure you have a day. It would be a crime to just pass by the old characteristic winegrowers’ houses and their cellars. After a glass of Chasselas the dynamic uphills and downhills of the trail to Lutry are twice as much fun.
Discover Switzerland’s South
The grapes of Ticino have given rise to internationally renowned labels of spectacular quality. The principal cellars of the canton all invite visitors to taste their famous Merlot. This hiking tour through Mendrisiotto, exclusively dedicated to the local Merlot, takes you through hilly landscapes where vineyards dominate the scenery. The route meanders past a myriad of picturesque villages nestled in its hillsides of Mendrisiotto. It’s the perfect hiking route to discover the culture and the wine of Ticino.
Hike Europe’s Highest Vineyards
The Valais is a wine country – and in Visperterminen the art of wine-growing reaches a new record. For this is where Europe’s highest vineyards lie, at an elevation of 3600 ft (1100 m) above sea level. The wine grown here is just as special as the location. The wine-growers of Visperterminen cultivate a Tramin grape, which is pressed into the Heida wine. For everyone who wants to know more about wine and become a connoisseur, the new Heida Trail and tastings at wine cellars is a must.