Bern announces lineup of food and wine for world expo
BERN, SWITZERLAND – Completer, an old and uncommon grape variety, may be the Swiss wine that surprises and delights the most at Milan Expo 2015 this summer. But given the small amount of Swiss wine that is exported, the world fair in Italy will be the first chance many people have to sample any of these treasures – especially wines from Swiss native grapes such as Fendant/Chasselas, Garanoir, Gamaret and Petite Arvine.
Apple rings and wines from the Gotthard partner cantons (Graubünden, Ticino, Uri and Valais) and partner cities of Basel, Geneva and Zurich, are among the pleasures of Swiss agriculture that visitors will find.
Some 24 million people are expected to explore the theme of “Feeding the planet, energy for life” in Milan, May to November 2015.
Presence Switzerland, part of the Foreign Affairs Department, said in a press release 24 February that the selection of wines was
“based on different criteria set by Swiss Wine Promotion in collaboration with Palexpo and Presence Switzerland. The wine list reflects first and foremost the representativeness and quality of wines produced in the partner cantons and cities. Among the selection criteria were competitive prices and the ability to supply the quantities required for all six months of Expo 2015.
The cantonal wine promotion associations issued the call for tender to the winemakers of the partner cantons and cities. The selection was made by a jury composed of one representative each from Palexpo, Swiss Wine Promotion and Presence Switzerland, and one professional oenologist.”
Palexpo from Geneva and Agro Marketing Switzerland are responsible for the Swiss restaurant. “The cuisine of the restaurant reflects the culinary heritage of the partner cities and cantons. Swiss agriculture is also well represented in the form of the tower devoted to apples,” notes Presence Switzerland.