Top 100 wines of Switzerland

Discover the top 100 best wines of Switzerland as well as the best winemakers in the region. Explore the varietals of the wines that are popular in Switzerland and the best vintages to taste in this region.

Discovering the wine region of Switzerland

Switzerland may not be the most famous of wine-producing nations, but this small mountainous country in Western Europe has been producing wine for over two thousand years. The lack of awareness of Swiss wine is not due to a lack of quality or quantity, but to the fact that it is produced primarily for (and enjoyed by) the Swiss themselves. But things are slowly changing; the world beyond the Alps is now discovering the high quality of much of Switzerland's Grape/pinot">Pinot noir and white wines made from the country's flagship grape, Chasselas. High-end Vineyards can be found in almost every corner of the country, but the vast majority are in the Alpine Valais and around Lake Geneva, in La Côte and Vaud/lavaux">Lavaux.

Entirely landlocked, Switzerland is wedged between Germany, Italy, Austria and France - to the North, South, east and west respectively. Its culture is Clearly influenced by each of these neighbours, evident in its languages (German, French and Italian are all official national languages here) but also in its wines. The Germanic influence on wine is seen in a preference for Varietal winemaking and crisp, refreshing wine styles, and is most evident in the German-speaking north between Zurich and the Rhine. The French influence is felt throughout the country, but especially in the French-speaking southwest, Geneva, Vaud and Valais.

The country's favourite grape varieties - Chasselas, Pinot Noir, Gamay and Merlot - are all of French origin. Switzerland's main wine-growing regions are on the edges of the country, with the centre largely devoid of vineyards. Most are located in the southwest, around the northern shores of Lake Geneva (Geneva and Vaud) and along the upper reaches of the Rhone in the Valais. There are also important vineyard areas in the west (Neuchâtel), south (Ticino), east (Graubünden) and scattered around Zurich in the north (Aargau, Schaffhausen and the Zurich Weinland).

Discover the grape variety: Amigne

A very old vine cultivated in the Swiss Valais, more precisely in Vétroz. The latest genetic analyses, to be confirmed however, show that it would be related to the petit meslier and in fact to the gouais and the savagnin. It should be noted that it is only known in its country and region of origin.

Food and wine pairing with a wine of Switzerland

wines from the region of Switzerland go well with generally quite well with dishes of pork, rich fish (salmon, tuna etc) or vegetarian such as recipes of rice with sausage meat and tomatoes, salmon with honey and soy or ham and comté quiche.

Organoleptic analysis of wine of Switzerland

On the nose in the region of Switzerland often reveals types of flavors of cream, clove or butterscotch and sometimes also flavors of dried herbs, cedar or graphite. In the mouth in the region of Switzerland is a with a nice freshness.

News from the vineyard of Switzerland

Vinexposium/IWSR report: Moderation and convenience on the road to recovery

While preparing to resume its calendar of trade fairs, Vinexposium, the company behind 10 of the world’s biggest alcoholic beverage trade events, partnered with market research agency IWSR and its consumer behaviour child company, Wine Intelligence, to issue a report charting the drinks sector’s road to recovery. For Rodolphe Lameyse, CEO of Vinexposium, ‘the last couple of years have been a game changer for the drinks industry’, with structural transformations in logistics, packaging, product d ...

Alsace’s Domaine Zind-Humbrecht: 2019 releases tasted

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At the heart of the terroirs of Mâcon-Bray

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