Switzerland is a gem of a place for drinking great wine, discovering new wines, exploring wineries – this is where you’ll find everything going on in the Swiss wine world, with some fun over the border added in. Choose the calendar view that suits you.
No excuses – get out there and raise your glass!
This is the first year that Arvinis will be held in Montreux, the wine fair that traditionally heralds in the spring tastings season. At the most basic level it’s a showcase for some 5,000 wines from 4 continents and features a large number of Swiss wineries. Several workshops, from sushi and wine pairings as well as Swiss truffles and wine pairings to, of course, tastings of wines from Piedmont, the guest of honour this year – think beautiful Barberas and Barolos.
Several new features, including an interesting option to stay overnight in local hotels for a special hotel + wine fair rate. Details on public transport options and more – check out the new web site (English version will soon be available).
This will be the 30th year for the Geneva wineries open house day – the canton was the first to hold the event, which has gradually spread throughout the country, with larger cantons holding open house weekends. Geneva’s remains a festive, more intimate affair, with crowds able to easily move from one winery to another in the region.
The first of the spring cantonal wine open house weekends (Geneva is the 20th, but just for a day) in French-speaking Switzerland, over the long weekend at the end of May, offers a chance to sample many newly bottled wines. 230 wineries, 11:00-19:00.
Canton Vaud hosts its official canton-wide open house 3-4 June, from 10:00 to 17:00, in most wineries. Note that some wineries also hold their own open days, with dates and details listed on the Vins Vaudois web site. Details for the cantonal weekend will be added as they appear.