Morges, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Arvinis, Switzerland’s largest wine fair, will pull in some 18,000 people to sample wine from 130 exhibitors before the event closes Monday evening, with most of them visiting this weekend. To make it easier to taste and not worry about driving, Arvinis reduces the entry by Sfr5 if you show your train ticket at the door.
The fair has made a name for itself as one of the best and easiest places to learn about Swiss wines,
with a system where you pay SFr14 (SFr9 with train ticket) to enter and you sample the wines that interest you as you wander through the old oak Halle building next to the train station. For those who are driving the large parking area near the lake has free buses running back and forth to the Halle every 15 minutes. Producers have order forms and will ship or you can pick up your wine at the cellar later. No wine is sold on the spot and there is no obligation or even expectation that people tasting will order immediately.
Arvinis puts the spotlight on one world wine region each year and this year’s guest of honor is Sicily. I the case of the Sicilian wines presented, Arvinis guests can order and pick up from a store near Morges.
Winemakers spend much of Arvinis introducing clients to their wines but also educating them about what is happening in the world of Swiss wines, from the replanting that has kept Geneva’s vineyards busy to the new grape varieties that are providing some excellent wines.
See also: Among the vines blog on Arvinis, a magnificent Feudo Montoni wine and suggestions for getting through Arvinis in a happy state.