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Switzerland

Switzerland – A small country with enormous diversity

Switzerland is famous for its banks, watches, and cheese, but not necessarily for its wine. The Swiss didn't invent wine, but they have been extremely open and curious to it. Wine culture arrived in what is now modern Switzerland via several routes: from Marseilles to Lake Geneva and the Lower Valais region; from the Aosta Valley through the Great St. Bernard Pass to the rest of Valais; from the Rhone through Burgundy, across the Jura Mountains to Lake Constance; and from Lombardy to Ticino, and then on to Grisons.

Sparkling wines from Switzerland

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Schaumwein

AOC Uetikon, Erich Meier, 750 ml
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Brut

Weingut Hansruedi Adank, 750 ml
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Brivio Brut Spumante

IGT Ticino, Brivio, 750 ml
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SottoSopra Spumante Brut 2019
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SottoSopra Spumante Brut 2019

DOC Ticino, Brivio, 750 ml

White wines from Switzerland

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Heida 2022

AOC Wallis, Bonvin, 750 ml
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Petite Arvine Tradition 2022

AOC Wallis, Bonvin, 750 ml

Rosé wines from Switzerland

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Merlot Gran Rosé 2022

DOC Ticino, Brivio, 750 ml
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Oeil de Perdrix Sortilège 2022

AOC Wallis, Bonvin, 750 ml

Red wines from Switzerland

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Merlot Due Amici 2020

DOC Ticino, Brivio, 750 ml

Sweet wines from Switzerland

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Cuvée 1858 Or Barrique Bonvin 2020

AOC Wallis, Bonvin, 500 ml
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Spirits from Switzerland

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Grappa di Merlot Elegantia

Ticino, Brivio, 700 ml
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Vieille Prune

Gut Mädikon, 700 ml
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Limoni Limoncino del Ticino

Brivio, 500 ml
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Kirsch vieux

Gut Mädikon, 700 ml

The Roman incursion into the country marked the beginning of viticulture here. The soldiers encountered wild grape vines, replacing them with varieties that better suited their palates. However, the first written mention of wine came much later. In the 6th century, Burgundian monks founded a monastery in Aigle. Along with the monasteries, viticulture spread throughout the entire country in the centuries that followed.

From the beginning of Confederation in 1291, wine production picked up steadily. In 1850, the area given over to vineyards – approximately 35,000 hectares – was twice what it is today.

Rich in climate and culture

Today, around 200 different varieties grow on 15,000 hectares of vineyard in Switzerland. They are distributed across six regions: Valais, Vaud, Geneva, the Three Lakes Region (Neuenburg, Morat, and Bienne), Ticino, and the 17 cantons of German-speaking Switzerland, including Grisons. Switzerland has a multitude of climate zones and terroirs, which further contributes to the great diversity in its wines. The Mediterranean cantons of Ticino and Valais, the more humid Central Plateau, the rugged glacial moraines along the foothills of the Alps, steep terraces carved in the rock – the climatic and cultural richness of Switzerland is reflected beautifully in its wine.

A wide range of different grape varieties, climates and soils, as well as a huge variation in growing techniques, makes it difficult to speak of a single typical Swiss style.

The Swiss are fond of their wine

Although Switzerland is home to some of the oldest and best wine regions in Europe, it is relatively unrecognized in international terms. This could be because the Swiss drink almost all of the wine they produce; a mere one percent is exported abroad.

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