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.
London September 18, 2017. The prestigious club 67 Pall Mall hosted Dr Jose Vouillamoz for a conference on grape varieties DNA. He presented his work, his country, and its unique grape varieties to the club members and journalists. To conclude the evening he proposed to his audience a unique pairing between a wines produced out of alpine grapes: Arvine and Humagne Blanche, with the renown Kasperskian "with life" caviar produced in Leukerbad (Switzerland).
When one attends wine tasting fairs in Switzerland he/she cannot be prepared for the vast array of wine that is available from any one of Switzerland’s wine regions.
Take for example the several Vinea Wine Fairs and wine tastings that were held last week. Vinea is on association active in promoting Swiss wines. In the town of Sierre and also its Chateau Mercier, well crafted and superb wines of the Canton (wine district) of Valais were featured.
Walking along with my guide, Gundela, through what was undoubtedly one of the most spectacular wine trails I have ever experienced, I had to wonder how, nearly a thousand years ago, the Lavaux terraced vineyards were planted on these dizzyingly steep slopes along Switzerland’s Lake Geneva.
The secret attraction of Swiss wine is, well, Switzerland.
To enjoy a full range of Swiss wines, you need to visit the country. This is because less than two percent of Swiss wine is exported, while the rest is purchased internally. Reasons for low exportation include limited production as well as high costs associated with labor fees and the challenge of harvesting small plots on steep mountainsides. Additionally, the strong Swiss currency raises real prices in foreign markets.
When you’ve done Napa, sipped your way through Sonoma and biked Bordeaux, it’s time for a new wine adventure, and the Lavaux region in Switzerland is it.
Since 2007, the steep, terraced vines of the Lavaux have been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Skirting the shores of Lake Geneva from Lausanne to Chateau de Chillon, more than 2,075 acres of vines beckon oenophiles, yet the region flies under the radar. It shouldn’t.
I fell in love with Switzerland when I had a crush on a boy in school whose parents were Swiss. I think I still do have a crush on Switzerland... More recently I spoke at a conference in Montreaux and learned all about Swiss wines and the Swiss wine-growing regions, taking time to visit vineyards.
Gaining international recognition in any discipline takes talent and hard work. To push your own limits you need to develop a truly competitive mentality. Even when you're working as a sommelier.
Valais winemakers can mix their 2017 regional vintages with wines from other cantons. This exceptional economic measure, granted by the cantonal government for one year, follows serious frost damage to the grape harvest. But not everyone is happy.
With some limitations
The Valais cantonal government said in a statement issued on Thursday that it had “responded favourably to a request by the l’Interprofession de la Vigne et du Vin (the winemakers’ association) to allow AOC (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée) Valais wines to be mixed with 10% of other Swiss AOC wines”.