Swiss wine is produced from nearly 15 000 hectares of vineyards, and the wines are mainly produced in the west and in the south of Switzerland, in the cantons of Geneva, Neuchâtel, Ticino, Valais and Vaud. White grapes varieties are grown on 42% of the country's vineyard surface, and red grape varieties on 58%. Nearly all the national production is drunk within the national boundaries; less than 2% of the wine is exported (mainly to Germany). Swiss wines must be labeled to show their geographic origin. The regions include: the Vaud, Valais, Neuchatel, Ticino and Thurgau. The two most common grape varieties in Switzerland are the red Pinot noir at around 30% and the white Chasselas at around 27%. A large number of grape varieties are cultivated in Switzerland, many of them indigenous or regional specialties.
- Item #: i_364210Bottle Size: 750mlA classic Swiss white. Svelte, elegant, fruity on the palate, with a mineral character, it is a wine for any time of day. It is enjoyed as an aperitif, with grilled or pan-fried fish, with shellfish and sea food, not forgetting raclette and alpine cheeses. Flowery, slight character of the different areas. Straw yellow, bright good presence of CO2. Mineral character, crispy, intense.
- Item #: i_364182Bottle Size: 750mlWINE ADVOCATE 90 POINTS Gilles Besse's 2016 Humagne Rouge is another picture book wine from this stunning Valais grape variety. Attractive with pure, fresh and floral-scented red berry aromas and flinty minerality on the nose, this is a delicate, silky-elegant and vibrantly fresh red with concentrated sour cherry notes. Fermented and aged in stainless steel, this characterful Humagne Rouge is clear and bone dry and reveals some Chambolle-Musigny features and a crisp finish. It is a really pleasant red (not just) for Swiss fans of Ghislaine Barthod.