Top 100 red wines of Schaffhausen

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

Discovering the wine region of Schaffhausen

Schaffhausen is a small canton (state) in northern Switzerland which for its Size produces a relatively large quantity of wine. Being the only Part of Switzerland to cross over the Rhein river, the canton of Schaffhausen is effectively an enclave of Switzerland in southern Germany, and this is Clear from the Germanic wine styles made here. Roughly 70 percent of Schaffhausen wine is red. As with many German regions today, including neighboring Baden, it is made almost entirely from Pinot Noir (Blauburgunder to the German-speaking population here), with a minor supporting role played by the crossings Diolinoir and Garanoir.

White Schaffhausen wines are made from Müller-Thurgau - the most popular variety, plus Chasselas, Chardonnay, Kerner and Pinot Gris. The Climate here is of continental type, with relatively Warm, Dry summers and cool winters. Schaffhausen has average rainfall for a Swiss canton and is one of the lowest-lying, being located almost 100 miles from (160km) from the Alps. The Schaffhausen landscape is divided between two topographical areas: the gently meandering, forest-topped river valleys which characterize the Center and east of the canton, and the flatter land to the west close to the German border.

It is here – around the periphery of this lower-lying area, on the slopes above the villages of Hallau, Oberhallau, Trasadingen, Wilchingen and Wisental – that the key viticultural sites of Schaffhausen are to be found. They line the middle slopes of the surrounding hills, looking over the farms and villages below. In true Swiss style, these are neatly divided plots with well-maintained roads criss-crossing the slopes – reminiscent of those found in Lavaux, except that they are less vertiginous and without the views of Lake Geneva. Wine production in the canton dates back to the Roman age, but was developed greatly by monks during the medieval period when it was regarded as one of Switzerlands most important wine regions.

News from the vineyard of Schaffhausen

North Italy suffers over 100 days of drought

Springtime brings the so-called ‘Caldaia di Maggio’ to Barolo, a noise similar to a kettle simmering that is caused by evaporating water in the soils. This year, however, it’s unlikely that this phenomenon will occur. Drought is affecting the entire north of Italy; predominantly the Langhe but also Valpolicella and Franciacorta. Not even Tuscany is spared. The vineyards are lacking the reserves of water that their soils usually contain at this time of year. Winter passed without snow in almost a ...

Anthony Barton: tributes paid to Bordeaux wine great

The Barton family announced yesterday (19 January), ‘We have the immense sadness to inform you that our beloved Anthony Barton passed away at the age of 91 years old.’ Known as the ‘gentleman’ of Bordeaux wine and admired for his sense of humour and charisma, Anthony Barton was also widely respected for modernising family estates Léoville Barton and Langoa Barton – the respective 1855 second and third growth châteaux in the St-Julien appellation. Barton was credited, too, with maintaining ...

WSET returns to mainland China

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has received official approval from the Chinese government to resume its operation in mainland China following a year of suspended business activities at the end of January 2021. WSET has appointed Willa Yang as chief representative to head up its operations in China. Yang previously held leadership roles at Wine Australia’s China office and the Australian Trade Commission. In addition, supporting its return to business in mainland China, WSET announc ...

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