It’s high season for pruning vines in Switzerland, the job grape growers say determines whether or not they will have the best possible grapes. I spent a chilly afternoon learning to prune vines.
Snowfall on the Rhone Valley
Vineyards the length of the upper Rhone in Valais were treated to a gentle snowfall Monday.
A walk in Salgesch, Valais, in the rain
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 […]
Vineglorious! Swiss wine book in English out soon
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Swiss wines will soon have a boost internationally, with the first English-language book on Swiss wines in 20 years going on sale 1 September. The official launch of Vineglorious! Switzerland’s Wondrous World of Wines is at the Vinea Swiss Wines Fair Saturday 6 September in Sierre. I’ll be selling and signing the […]
Let the sexual confusion begin!
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Little brown pouches are appearing on vineyards in Switzerland at the moment, a reminder of the ongoing greening of the wine grape business. Switzerland remains a world leader in the use of pheromones instead of insecticides, an ecological solution to pests in vineyards. The system is based on large-scale diffusion in vineyards […]