Native and typical grape varieties
In Switzerland, there are nearly 252 cultivated grape varieties. However only 90 are listed by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).
The four most cultivated grape varieties are Pinot Noir, Chasselas, Gamay and Merlot; they represent 66% of vines grown.
The native grapes that make up the wealth, and contribute to the identity, of Swiss wines represent 36% of the total. They include Chasselas, 24%, as well as Gamaret, Garanoir, Arvine, Amigne and many others which represent 9% of these grapes.
Traditional and "international" grape varieties such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon and Syrah allow Swiss producers to demonstrate the quality of the terroir and their know-how in international comparisons.