The caress of the wine.
“It’s a pity that you cannot caress the wines,” said the satirist
Kurt Tucholsky. He was a great wine lover, as so many Swiss
are. It’s a great pleasure to stroll through a vineyard when the
vines are budding, or when the grapes are ripening; or to visit
winemakers and taste their proudest creations. The largest
winegrowing areas are in Western Switzerland, on the shores of
Lakes Geneva, Neuchâtel, Biel and Murten, and along the valley
of the Rhone in the Valais, Switzerland’s most richly varied
winegrowing canton. The Valais is home to the highest commercial
vineyards in Europe, but some excellent wines flourish
in Eastern Switzerland and Graubünden as well. You may not
be able to caress Swiss wines, but they will certainly caress
Os melhores vinhos para quem conhece.
Todos os suíços adoram beber o vinho suíço – motivo pelo qual ele apenas muito raramente é exportado. Tanto melhor, então, se você visitar o país. Mais de 50 variedades diferentes de uvas crescem nas ensolaradas encostas suíças – incluindo algumas que não crescem em mais nenhum lugar do mundo.
Astonishing variety, surprising specialities
More than 50 grape varieties are cultivated in Switzerland,
tempting wine lovers to explore and discover them. To the
Valais, to taste the Petite Arvine and Amigne (white), the
Humagne rouge and Cornalin (red); to the shores of Lake Geneva,
for the rare red Petit Robert; to Lake Zürich, for the white
Räuschling; or to the Bündner Herrschaft, where – alongside a
magnificent Pinot noir – the age-old Completer grows. You are
sure to come across the Chasselas, the main grape of Western
Switzerland, as well as the Merlot of Ticino, and maybe even the
new Swiss varieties, Garanoir and Diolinoir.