10 facts about Swiss Heritage Wine
How well do you know your Swiss wine?
1. Chasselas is the no.1 Swiss grape variety, accounting for one third of all bottles.
2. Chasselas wines include Fendant, Dorin or Perlan, and Gutedel in German-speaking Switzerland.
3. Pinot Noir is the most widely planted red-wine variety, with its cousin Gamay second in the Swiss-Romande. Dôle is a blend of the two.
4. A La Côte favourite is Salvagnin – made using a local Pinot Noir-type grape and Gamay.
5. Some 16,000 hectares of Swiss vines produce over 100m litres of wine each year.
6. Wine has been made in Switzerland for 2,000 years–led in the Middle Ages by monasteries.
7. Growers in the Swiss/Alsace region produce Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Gewurztraminer.
8. Muller-Thurgau is named after local grower, Dr Hermann Muller, and is the grape of choice in the canton of Thurgau.
9. Only about 2% of Swiss wine is exported.
10. Much of the La Côte vineyard region is a UNESCO World heritage site.