One of the country’s best-kept secrets, Switzerland boasts a handful of popular and breathtaking wine regions that offer a plethora of varietals and you can explore the six most popular for an unforgettable perspective of the history, culture, and flavors of the mountains.
Wine has been produced in Switzerland since Roman times and locals are loyal to the industry, with a knowledge of local flavors that help them enjoy the majority of production across the country. Classified by the regions in which they are found, a variety of whites and reds offer a stunning array of bodies, tastes, and colors that create an entire world of wines within the micro-climates of the terraced mountains and valleys.
Explore a different side of the exquisite landscape as you savor the six most popular wine regions in Switzerland.
The largest wine region in the country, Valais lies below the dramatic alpine peaks in the southwest of the country and boasts breathtaking views and vintages.
The sunny and dry climate creates the perfect environment for some of Switzerland’s most popular wines, while the dramatic landscape surrounding the Rhone River adds to the vibrance and overall robust flavors that each wine delivers.
Whether visiting the highest vineyard in Europe at over 3,600 feet or finding a new vineyard in which you can sip and savor some of the country’s finest blends, you can discover a favorite combination at your leisure in Valais.
Influenced by the perfect climatic conditions of the Jura mountain escarpment of the Alps, Geneva is the third-largest wine-production region in the country.
The Swiss have been making wine in this area for centuries and visitors make the most of combining a cultural city experience with time exploring the gorgeous landscape around Lake Geneva.
Embrace the moderate climate of this wine region and savor truly delicious wines in one of the country’s most breathtaking areas to find the perfect mix of heritage and flavor.
Simply breathtaking, the shores of Lake Geneva host the Lavaux vineyards, where some of the country’s best wine is produced. The incredible diversity of grape cultivation in this region means an amazing number of wine varietals and quality wines can be found here.
As light bounces off the lake, vineyards glisten to paint a beautiful scene of the south-facing slopes. Here, Chasselas and Gamay grapes are key in creating Vaud’s amazing whites and reds.
Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs are the wines of choice in this stunning wine-making region of Switzerland, named after lakes de Morat, de Bienne, and de Neuchatel.
The vineyards set on the slopes above the lakes were most likely planted in the 17th century and have been visited by wine and cheese lovers ever since. An agricultural gem, you can find the perfect combination of Swiss culinary delights here, including locally made chocolate.
With the introduction of Merlot grapes from Bordeaux to Switzerland, the Ticino wine region has been producing delicious red wines for over 100 years.
The vineyards are planted on the south slopes of the Alps, where an Italian influence is prominent in the surrounding village and a Mediterranean climate ensures the conditions are just perfect for producing quality wines. The warm temperatures and many hours of sunshine set this wine region apart from the others.
The cool winds that blow into this Swiss-German wine region create ideal conditions for the production of lighter, crisper wines. Lakes and rivers offer up microclimates and therefore the region has a large number of grape varietals.
Pinot Noirs rule the cellars and locals savor every sip, with very little leaving the country and continent. You can find delectable vintages that locals enjoy accented by their breathtaking surroundings.
Whether you prefer red or white, enjoying quality Swiss wines in picturesque mountain escapes should not be missed. Vineyards established centuries ago surround famous lakes and escarpments, inviting visitors to take a stroll, then savor a variety of varietals.