Switzerland, its chocolate, its cheeses … and soon its wines?
When we think of Switzerland, we think of chocolate and cheese. But Swiss wines also want to delight the taste buds internationally, now focusing on excellence.
The discretion of Swiss wines abroad is similar to that of the Swiss Winegrowers Festival, which runs from July 18 to August 11: a party organized every 20 to 25 years since the end of the 18th century and of which Few people are aware of the existence outside of Switzerland, although it is grandiose.
It is the first living Swiss tradition to have been inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. This outdoor musical show is held in Vevey, in the heart of the vineyards of Lavaux, in an arena that can accommodate 20,000 spectators every evening: several thousand extras are telling in about twenty paintings a year in the life of the vineyard.
The opportunity for this wine land unknown to talk about her.
“We have excellent varietals (unique), I think in particular the Completer, a Graubünden grape variety almost microscopic in terms of production; there is the Amigne produced in Valais too, Cornalin, Humagne “, enthuses Damien Leclerc, commercial director of the Lavinia wine shop in Geneva.
But “Switzerland is a small garden in terms of production. In comparison, the viticultural area of Valais (the country’s leading wine region) is like the Saint-Emilion vineyard in France, “says the sommelier.
In 2018, the total wine area in Switzerland amounted to less than 15,000 hectares against approximately 800,000 in France.