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Switzerland

Pleasure Wine: Swiss Wines

Not everybody knows this, but Switzerland actually has a very long wine tradition. It dates back to 800 BC, when the Celtic tribes were occupying the entire country, long before the Roman Empire even started. Nowadays, Switzerland brilliantly keeps showing us all how diverse it can be when it toutes more than 240 different varieties of grapes, among which the world famous Pinot Noir, Merlot, Chasselas or Gamay. In total, around 1,500 winemakers (big and small alike) are active in the 26 Swiss cantons.

To be honest, the Swiss wine production is very low-key. There are 15,000 hectares of vineyard in the entire country, for an output of a million of hectolitres of red and white wines (which is 4,000 times less than what France can make, to put it in perspective). The southern and western cantons (like Geneva, Valais, Neuchâtel...) are the most productive ones. As a result, Swiss wines don't tend to leave the country very often: only 1-2% of the national production usually ends up getting exported.

Take a look at our selection of Swiss wines.

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