GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The weather gods have been good. The 2015 grape harvest is officially underway in many areas and we can now say it: very good to great wine grape quality in most parts of Switzerland, with a slight dip in quantity. The sun has been shining, the evenings have been cool, the rain […]
Harvesting grapes by machine
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The debate goes on: to harvest by hand or by machine. Some top-quality wine producers argue that machines just don’t cut it, that they are not as good at harvesting grapes as humans. Hand-crafted is undoubtedly always a good marketing line. But are consumers being bamboozled by it? Story continues below The […]
Harvest time, slow down!
Grape harvesting has begun and you can expect slooooow traffic on secondary roads in all the grape-growing areas in Switzerland. Sign from a container for grapes harvested by machine, 30 September in Tartegnin, Vaud, and the entry to the village.
Autumn announced by migratory birds
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Autumn is here, four days after the official arrival, the 22 September equinox that occurred shortly before 16:00 last Saturday. Migratory birds are pausing to rest on Lake Geneva by the thousands en route from the northern Europe to southern homes where they winter, reports the Swiss Ornithological Institute, which has several […]
Swiss grape harvest begins, with 2009 promising to be a great year
Geneva/Lausanne, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The grape harvest of 2009 has wine producers in Switzerland smiling, even though grape picking begins in earnest in Valais, the early starter and the largest wine-producing canton, only this weekend. It has been an excellent year for growers, comparable to 2005, one of the best years on record, say growers: […]