"Cholera": a Valais curiosity

"Cholera" is a pie that probably originated during the cholera epidemics around 1830. People no longer dared go out onto the street, so to prepare a meal they took whatever they had – potatoes, leeks, cheese, onions, apples, pears, bacon – topped it with pastry, and baked the pie in the oven....more

Raclette du Valais AOP: brilliant

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

Eaux-de-vie: fruit spirits

Eaux-de-vie:...

Nowhere in Switzerland enjoys more hours of sunshine than Valais. As a...more

Valais air-dried beef IGP: sublime

Valais air-dried...

One of the celebrated icons of the region's gastronomic heritage is...more

"Cholera": a Valais curiosity

"Cholera" is a pie that probably originated during the cholera epidemics around 1830. People no longer dared go out onto the street, so to prepare a meal they took whatever they had – potatoes, leeks, cheese, onions, apples, pears, bacon – topped it with pastry, and baked the pie in the oven. Today even top chefs have created their own version of this innovative dish of leftovers.

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.

Valais air-dried beef IGP: sublime

One of the celebrated icons of the region's gastronomic heritage is Valais air-dried beef IGP (Indication Géographique Protégée, Protected Geographical Indication). The production process was first described as far back as the 14th century: salt, herbs and spices are rubbed into the raw beef, which is then air-dried in wooden barns for at least six weeks. Only first-class leg of beef may be used. It tastes especially good with rye bread and a fruity Fendant – on a sunny terrace.

Valais air-dried beef IGP: sublime