Valais wines: pure sunshine

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

Valais rye bread AOP: the real thing

Valais rye bread AOP: the real thing

Rye bread from Valais is the only bread in Switzerland that can proudly bear the AOP label. This carries an obligation: only rye that has been...more

Risotto: a creamy delight

Risotto: a creamy...

There is hardly a restaurant in Ticino that does not serve a home-made...more

Torta di pane: made from old bread

Torta di pane:...

The celebrated torta di pane is made from old bread and is a favourite...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

Valais rye bread AOP: the real thing

Rye bread from Valais is the only bread in Switzerland that can proudly bear the AOP label. This carries an obligation: only rye that has been grown, milled and processed in Valais can by used to make Valais rye bread AOP. The rustic sourdough bread tastes best when it has been kept for two or three days. It can also be made with walnuts or dried fruit.

Rye bread from Valais is the only bread in Switzerland that can proudly bear the AOP label.

Valais rye bread AOP: the real thing
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Risotto: a creamy delight

There is hardly a restaurant in Ticino that does not serve a home-made risotto. And hardly a Ticinese who will not philosophise for hours about which rice variety, which white wine and what cooking time are the only "right" ones. The fact that the first and only Swiss rice is cultivated in the Terreni alla Maggia is a matter of special pride for them all.

Risotto: a creamy delight

Torta di pane: made from old bread

The celebrated torta di pane is made from old bread and is a favourite speciality in the Sopraceneri region. What was once a way of using up leftovers has become a dessert masterpiece, which in its finest incarnations can also contain amaretti biscuits, almonds, raisins, nuts, marsala, rum and a shot of grappa.

Torta di pane: made from old bread