Valais wines: pure sunshine

Switzerland's largest winegrowing region is also its most varied: more than 50 grape varieties thrive on the sunny slopes above the Rhone. Among them are ancient names such as Petite Arvine, Heida, Lafnetscha, Cornalin and Humagne rouge. But the Valais is also known for the contemporary flair of... more

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Raclette du Valais AOP: brilliant

You hold a piece of cheese by the fire to melt, scrape some onto a plate – and your raclette is ready! According to legend, a love-struck... more

Raclette du Valais AOP: brilliant
Eaux-de-vie: fruit spirits

Eaux-de-vie: fruit spirits

Nowhere in Switzerland enjoys more hours of sunshine than Valais. As a result, the Rhone valley at the start of the Val d'Hérens is a paradise for... more

Valais wines: pure sunshine

Switzerland's largest winegrowing region is also its most varied: more than 50 grape varieties thrive on the sunny slopes above the Rhone. Among them are ancient names such as Petite Arvine, Heida, Lafnetscha, Cornalin and Humagne rouge. But the Valais is also known for the contemporary flair of its innovative winemakers – not least its pioneering women. Stars include Madeleine Gay, Winegrower of the Year 2008, and Marie-Thérèse Chappaz in Fully, who follows biodynamic principles and is famous for her sweet wines.

Valais wines: pure sunshine

Raclette du Valais AOP: brilliant

You hold a piece of cheese by the fire to melt, scrape some onto a plate – and your raclette is ready! According to legend, a love-struck cheese-maker once inadvertently placed the cheese too close to a fire, so creating the "national" dish of the Valais. More certain is that the name raclette (from the French "racler", to scrape) was first used in 1909 at a wine fair in Sion.

Raclette du Valais AOP: brilliant

Eaux-de-vie: fruit spirits

Nowhere in Switzerland enjoys more hours of sunshine than Valais. As a result, the Rhone valley at the start of the Val d'Hérens is a paradise for fruit and vegetables. And where apricots, pears, apples and grapes grow so well, fine spirits will not be far away: pears are made into Williamine, apricots into Abricotine, and grapes into grape marc spirit.

Eaux-de-vie: fruit spirits
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