Swiss Wine

Switzerland is a country of rugged mountains and lakes in Western Europe, with its people sharing the cultures and languages of Italy, Germany, France, and Austria. Its wines reflect this blend of ancestries, with grapes saluting all these nationalities. Wine grape seeds were found dating as far back as 3000 BC around Lake Neuchâtel, although it is unknown whether these were ever cultivated as wine. What is known is that the Romans brought vines into Switzerland some time around 100 BC and produced wine in the Valais area, planting Amigne, Arvine, and Rèze grapes. In the Middle Ages, Cistercian monks from Burgundy, France settled in Switzerland and established vineyards in Vaud. They studied soil types, and which grapes would be most suitable to Alpine climate conditions, though the wines they produced were often supplemented with mulling spices and honey. International trade had stepped up by the 17th century, with French wines, especially those from the Rhône, the most sought after Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Switzerland View all

  • Chasselas

    Chasselas maintains a very modest acreage in North America. It is most associated with Switzerland, where it is by fa...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Gamay

    History of the grape: Legend has it that it was brought over by the Romans in the first century BC to the town of Bea...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

Subregions of Switzerland

  • Valais

      Valais is Switzerland’s largest wine region, located in the Southwest portion of the count...

  • Aargau

  • Geneva

Popular Wineries in Switzerland View all

  • Les Domaine des Curiades

    Le coteau de Lully est généreux envers la vigne. Les Bénédictins ne s’y sont pas trompés, qui au ...

  • Château d'Auvernier

    This estate which is located on the shores of the Lake of Neuchâtel, currently markets the produc...

  • Cave du Chevalier Bayard

    Varone et son vin remontent probablement jusqu’a l’époque celtique. Les Bayard se référant au cé...

  • Angelo Delea

    The company Angelo Delea was founded in 1983, inspired by the „Bordeaux“ wine-making with the ref...

  • New Hall Vineyards

    The first English Vineyard in Purleigh was planted back in 1120 and according to the local Paris...

  • Koellreuter Klushof

    The oak is an oak barrel and the expansion of the wine is used for storage, to round out the flav...

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Switzerland on Snooth

  • Jean Bourdy Cotes du Jura Rouge 2009

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £12.50 from a shop in London [ www.winesensations.co.uk ] The Cotes du Jura is an appellation created in 1937 for red,white,rose and sparkling wines from 105 communes between Burgundy and the Swiss border,an area known as Franche-Comte. Jean Bourdy is a well established family concern operating in this area.My bo... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • I mentioned several days ago how much of a fan of good Burgundy chards I am. ... lot of which I've had in Switzerland and neighboring parts of France like Savoie, I also tend most often to drink whites, so the pouilly fume were perfect the other night.I'd feel better about the prices for this domaine's bottles, though, if dad were still alive ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • I wonder how Bourdain would react to badly made up clowns skiing down glaciers ... ... The flight was going to Switzerland, after all. Read More

    Forum post in the topic It seems I am off to France


  • "I have to say, I've been underwhelmed by most Swiss wines I've ... my childhood-born phobia of Switzerland at some point. You'll notice I've never done a show there. I have a deep neurotic fear of haunting vistas, you know, like a mural of Lake Geneva with snow capped peaks and yodelers, or those dogs with the barrels under their neck. I'm fr... Read More

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  • Excellent pictures and dialog.  I'm living vicariously through you over there.  Switzerland is the country that my mom's family hails from.  Been there twice, but that was for a different reason.  Wonderful stuff this. Read More

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  • Or just vongole bianco (a la campania) if you don't want to only think ... ... is they never make it out of Switzerland. Quaffed before the border. So my chances to scope out their range is limited to when I'm there or in the borderlands of France or Germany (for some reason have never had Swiss wines in Italy). I've enjoyed several reds and m... Read More

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  • "So not much of a Burgundy/ Swiss connection Dave?"On one level ... ... many others also grown in Switzerland), and lots of interaction between the populations. And Lac Leman (Lake Geneva) is viewed by some as the source of the Rhone, while others only see the lake as a wide spot in the river with its origins even further upstream in the bigge... Read More

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  • My professional connections with Geneva were mostly on the Berners-Lee side of ... ... somehow felt a bit like Switzerland--with an overlay of French sexiness, of course. ;-)Understood about the dollar stretching--as mentioned above was doing that decades ago, but has to be an even worse ouch factor now with the Swiss Franc stronger than the ... Read More

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  • I often stay on the French side as I am now because there is a lot more bang ... is split between France and Switzerland, although the main buildings are in CH. The accelerator is so big (25 km) that our experiment is many km away in the village of Cessy. Some of the local villages still walk the cows through the streets in the evening.&nbs Read More

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  • I used to stay in a house in an area called Bellevue where the view out the ... could do a lot worse than Switzerland with their dried meats, cheeses and all that accessible wine--and end summer/beginning harvest season now, so plenty of cheap fruit, as well.  Even out at restaurant, those meats, a cheese dish and a salad and wine--what more n... Read More

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  • I lived in Switzerland for about fifteen months and tasted many Swiss wines. The worst were the Dole du Valais varieties. Since Switzerland is surrounded by such excellent wine producing countries as France, Germany, Austria, Italy, and even Spain, why would anyone want to drink the horse piss which results from Swiss grapes? No wonder they e...

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  • Swiss wines from the sunny canton Valais are excellent.....

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