Grand Prix du Vin Suisse, Gault&Millau For Swiss wineries, the big awards of the year were handed out tonight in Bern, at the gala dinner that brings to a close the annual Grand Prix du Vin Suisse competition. There are some beauties here – you should not lack for interesting and very pleasing new wines […]
This was a very wet weekend in Switzerland, which meant I pretty much had the vineyards to myself, nice for photos as long as you don’t insist on sun in your images. This area is to the east (upriver side of the village) of the well-known Sierre-Salgesch vineyard trail, 6 km and 2.5 hours, that […]
At dawn Sunday, it looked like this, the mist hanging over the vineyards of Sierre, Miège, Salgesch and beyond, in canton Valais. Quiet vineyards, but as of today in full swing with the harvest (although they began last week).
Wine writer Yves Beck, who posts frequently on Facebook, set me straight there on what seems to be an urban myth about the Swiss countryside. I’ve been told by many people that Valais is the only canton that authorizes watering for vines. I mentioned it recently because Salgesch (called Salquenen in French), near Sierre, sits […]
Valais, as the largest Swiss wine region, spread out over a large area, has three days for its winery open days – the other regions generally have two days. A new idea this year from the Musée du Vin et de la Vigne (MVV) in Sierre-Salgesch/Salquenen was to offer an inexpensive (CHF15) and relatively easy […]