A world of good taste

Valais

Wurzenbord

Wurzenbord

Hotel Alpadze-Loukra

Hotel Alpadze-Loukra

Champoussin piste de Sépaya

Champoussin piste de Sépaya

Sessellift Bärgji

Sessellift Bärgji

St. Niklaus VS - Gugla2 - Bielzigji

St. Niklaus VS - Gugla2 - Bielzigji

Hannigbar mit grosser Ausichtsterasse

Hannigbar mit grosser Ausichtsterasse

Wettercam Grächen

Wettercam Grächen

Wettercam Grächen Dorf

Wettercam Grächen Dorf

Wettercam Weisshorn

Wettercam Weisshorn

Gletscherbahn

Gletscherbahn

Lauchernalp mit Blick zur Lötschenlücke

Lauchernalp mit Blick zur Lötschenlücke

Lötschental

Lötschental

Hockenhorngrat

Hockenhorngrat

Lötschental-Gandegg, Gletscherbar

Lötschental-Gandegg, Gletscherbar

Wiler

Wiler

Lauchernalp Piste

Lauchernalp Piste

Wiler - Bergstation Luftseilbahn Wiler-Lauchernalp

Wiler - Bergstation Luftseilbahn Wiler-Lauchernalp

Obergoms - Hungerberg

Obergoms - Hungerberg

Gelmer Staumauer

Gelmer Staumauer

Grimsel Richtung Aaretal

Grimsel Richtung Aaretal

Grimsel Hospiz, Grimselsee

Grimsel Hospiz, Grimselsee

Saas Fee - Einkaufsstrasse

Saas Fee - Einkaufsstrasse

Saas Fee - Blick vom Tourismusbüro

Saas Fee - Blick vom Tourismusbüro

Talstation Alpin-Express, Saas-Fee

Talstation Alpin-Express, Saas-Fee

Talstation Spielboden, Saas-Fee

Talstation Spielboden, Saas-Fee

Ginals

Ginals

Unterbäch Dorf

Unterbäch Dorf

Unterbäch Ski- und Wandergebiet Ginals

Unterbäch Ski- und Wandergebiet Ginals

Brandalp

Brandalp

Air Zermatt 2

Air Zermatt 2

Zermatt, Trockener Steg 2

Zermatt, Trockener Steg 2

Zermatt, Matterhorn (Sunnegga)

Zermatt, Matterhorn (Sunnegga)

Zermatt Gornergrat, Matterhorn

Zermatt Gornergrat, Matterhorn

Riffelalp Resort 2222m

Riffelalp Resort 2222m

Zermatt, Wollipark Sunnegga

Zermatt, Wollipark Sunnegga

Zermatt, Matterhorn

Zermatt, Matterhorn

Zermatt, Sunnegga (Hohtälli)

Zermatt, Sunnegga (Hohtälli)

Zermatt, Schwarzsee

Zermatt, Schwarzsee

Gornergrat - Gornergrat

Gornergrat - Gornergrat

Weisshorn

Weisshorn

Gornergletscher

Gornergletscher

Air Zermatt - Zermatt

Air Zermatt - Zermatt

Zermatt, Kirche

Zermatt, Kirche

Zermatt, Trockener Steg (Furggsattel)

Zermatt, Trockener Steg (Furggsattel)

Klein Matterhorn

Klein Matterhorn

Zermatt, Bahnhofplatz

Zermatt, Bahnhofplatz

Zermatt, Ried

Zermatt, Ried

Zermatt, Kirchenplatz

Zermatt, Kirchenplatz

Zermatt, Oberhäusern

Zermatt, Oberhäusern

Zermatt, Aroleid

Zermatt, Aroleid

Zermatt, Trockener Steg (Matterhorn)

Zermatt, Trockener Steg (Matterhorn)

Zermatt - Matterhorn glacier paradise (Gobba di Rollin)

Zermatt - Matterhorn glacier paradise (Gobba di Rollin)

Air Zermatt

Air Zermatt

Blick auf das Matterhorn vom Balkon des Hotel Ambiance

Blick auf das Matterhorn vom Balkon des Hotel Ambiance

Zermatt

Zermatt

Zermatt, Matterhorn Zoom (Sunnegga)

Zermatt, Matterhorn Zoom (Sunnegga)

Zermatt, Rothorn paradise

Zermatt, Rothorn paradise

Zermatt - Wallis, Schweiz

Zermatt - Wallis, Schweiz

Zermatt, Sunnegga Riffelberg

Zermatt, Sunnegga Riffelberg

Zermatt, Matterhorn (Riffelberg)

Zermatt, Matterhorn (Riffelberg)

Zermatt, Parkhotel Beau-Site

Zermatt, Parkhotel Beau-Site

Zermatt, Findeln

Zermatt, Findeln

Observatoire FXB - Tignousa Saint Luc Switserland 2000m

Observatoire FXB - Tignousa Saint Luc Switserland 2000m

Becs de Bossons

Becs de Bossons

Teleski Tignousa

Teleski Tignousa

Tignousa 2000 above Rhone Valley Switzerland

Tignousa 2000 above Rhone Valley Switzerland

Touno nord

Touno nord

Pas de Boeuf

Pas de Boeuf

Matterhon et Dent Blanche

Matterhon et Dent Blanche

Piste Tignousa

Piste Tignousa

Restaurant Tignousa

Restaurant Tignousa

Verbier and the Médran ski area

Verbier and the Médran ski area

Verbier Hauptplatz, Place Centrale

Verbier Hauptplatz, Place Centrale

La vue depuis ...

La vue depuis ...

Eischoll Striggen

Eischoll Striggen

Eischoll 2

Eischoll 2

Visperterminen - Giw

Visperterminen - Giw

Bergstation Rothorn, Visperterminen

Bergstation Rothorn, Visperterminen

Monthey Place Centrale (South)

Monthey Place Centrale (South)

Monthey - Central Square

Monthey - Central Square

Münster Hotel Landhaus; Goms Weisshornsicht

Münster Hotel Landhaus; Goms Weisshornsicht

Anzère Pas-de-Maimbré

Anzère Pas-de-Maimbré

Anzère Place du Village

Anzère Place du Village

Arolla

Arolla

Arolla Mont-Collon

Arolla Mont-Collon

Arolla Pigne

Arolla Pigne

Hotel Kurhaus

Hotel Kurhaus

Arolla Hôtel Kurhaus

Arolla Hôtel Kurhaus

Tsarmine

Tsarmine

Veysonnaz, station supérieure de la télécabine

Veysonnaz, station supérieure de la télécabine

Les Masses - Thyon 1600

Les Masses - Thyon 1600

Snowpark Centralpark

Snowpark Centralpark

Thyon - Les Collons

Thyon - Les Collons

Dent Blanche et Matterhorn

Dent Blanche et Matterhorn

Mont-Blanc et Grande Dixence

Mont-Blanc et Grande Dixence

La Fouly et terrasse des Glaciers et piste de ski

La Fouly et terrasse des Glaciers et piste de ski

La Fouly et massif du Dolent

La Fouly et massif du Dolent

Prayon - La Fouly

Prayon - La Fouly

Grimentz - view over the valley of Anniviers

Grimentz - view over the valley of Anniviers

Grimentz - vieux village

Grimentz - vieux village

Top wines and gastronomic traditions.

From the Rhone glacier down to Lake Geneva, from small villages on steep mountainsides to Sion, the historic capital of the canton at the foot of the rocky hills of Tourbillon and Valeria, a gastronomic journey through the Valais has unlimited diversity.

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The specialities

Many of today’s residents of the Valais had ancestors who lived off the land in the remote mountain valleys, cultivating their own produce to feed their families. They tended apricot, pear, apple and peach orchards, and baked their own rye bread. They grew vegetables on their land. Milk, cheese and occasionally meat were the staple foodstuffs with which they created frugal meals, using a great deal of care and imagination. Today you will still find these traditional products and preparations, but new ones have also emerged, such as the spring crop of exquisite asparagus grown in the sandy soils of the Lower Valais, and brought to the table within hours of being harvested.

Food lovers’ heaven

For their recipes, the people of the Valais have tradition to thank, created by the imagination of their ancestors. Today these creations are still widely served: croûte aux champignons, a dish of mushrooms and toasted bread; Valais vegetable soup with leek, celery, turnips and onions; traditional bean soup; rice cooked with locally grown saffron from Mund; traditional polenta dishes; Gsottus, a variety of air-dried meats cooked with cabbage and potatoes; buttered chestnut brisolée, served with mountain cheese, dried and cured meats; or gâteau de Savièse, a leek, cheese, potato, and bacon tart.

The people of the Valais may be passionate about their traditional cuisine, but as descendants and spiritual heirs of the Valais hotel pioneer César Ritz, they are also open to influences from all over the world, and their own cooking shows exceptional imagination and creativity. For the last two years, chefs from the Valais have been named GaultMillau Swiss Chef of the Year: Didier de Courten in 2006, and Markus Neff in 2007.

To accompany this inventive and traditional cuisine, the Valais produces a variety of top-class wines. In addition to the wellestablished classics – whites Fendant (light, fruity, dry) and Johannisberg (ample, flowery and smooth); and reds Dôle (ample, full-bodied and well-balanced) and the powerful Pinot noir, there are exquisite grape varieties that only grow in the Valais, such as the Petite Arvine, Amigne and Humagne blanche.

In the Valais and its cuisine gastronomic skill is equal in importance to the atmosphere at the table: a warm welcome and a cosy, convivial ambiance. For it is at mealtimes that you can best experience the traditions of the Valais and its people’s joie de vivre. The Valais looks forward to welcoming you!

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