The Wines of Southern Ticino


The theme of this trail is the relationship between viticulture and the earth. Climatic conditions provide the ideal balance of sun and rain to make Mendrisiotto, which is located between the southernmost point of Switzerland and Lake Lugano, an ideal wine region.

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Technical information

Begin of tour:Rancate, church
Point of arrival:Rancate, church
Access starting point:auto/post bus to Mendrisio
Access point of arrival:auto/post bus from Mendrisio
Physical fitness:medium
Hiking time:5h
Length:16.4 km
Season:all year


The hiking tour, exclusively dedicated to the local Merlot, leads from the Laveggio Plain to the slopes of Monte San Giorgio. Near Clivio you will cross the border with Italy. The hike takes you through hilly landscapes where vineyards dominate the scenery. The route meanders past a myriad of picturesque villages nestled in the hillsides of Mendrisiotto. The small town centers have maintained their great artistic heritage and are testimonies to the extensive knowledge of the region’s great masters. Culture can be explored here within the context of the landscape!

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The careful planning of a tour will ensure that you also derive the maximum pleasure and enjoyment from it. Please take the time to contact the local information centre and enquire about route and weather conditions before setting off. Your intended trail may be fully or partially closed, depending on the time of year and weather conditions.

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