Top 100 sparkling wines of Schaffhausen

Discover the top 100 best sparkling wines of Schaffhausen as well as the best winemakers in the region. Explore the varietals of the sparkling 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

Liv-ex lists top traded Champagnes amid rising prices

Surging demand for luxury Champagnes in the past two years appears to have changed the region’s profile on the secondary market, said Liv-ex, a global marketplace for the trade. ‘Once a relatively modest price performer, Champagne has become the best performer over the past one and two years,’ said Liv-ex in a new report published this week for members.  Its Champagne 50 index, featuring Krug, Cristal, Dom Pérignon, Salon and Taittinger Comtes de Champagne among others, has risen in value ...

Amanda Barnes wins Fortnum & Mason award for The South America Wine Guide

Decanter contributor and Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) judge Amanda Barnes has been awarded the Debut Drink Book award in the Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards 2022 for her The South America Wine Guide book. The annual Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards, now in its 10th year, champions the achievements of the UK’s current and emerging writers, editors, publishers, photographers, broadcasters and personalities who ‘encourage us to enjoy, explore, experiment and discover more ab ...

LVMH buys Napa Valley’s Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Philippe Schaus, chairman and chief executive of the Moët Hennessy division of LVMH, called Joseph Phelps Vineyards ‘an iconic name and an iconic winery’. Joseph Phelps founded his eponymous winery on a 260ha former cattle ranch in Napa Valley in 1973. He turned it into one of California’s most prominent producers, famed for its flagship Insignia – a Bordeaux-style blend – and its pioneering use of Rhône varieties, which kick-started the ‘Rhône Rangers’ movement in the Golden State. The founder’ ...

Top wines in regions and sub-regions of Schaffhausen