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Swiss Vineyard Tours?

My nephew, a sommelier and worshiper at the alter of French burgundies, will be visiting this summer as he makes the rounds of European vineyards. When I asked which Swiss wineries he planned to visit, he didn't have a very positive impression of Swiss wines, based on those available in the US.

So, fellow EFers, please help me defend the honor of my adopted country.

I don't know Swiss wines all that well (I'm ashamed to say that I'm as happy with a bottle of plonk as a grand cru) - so can you recommend a few wineries he could visit which would showcase the best of Swiss wines?

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Re: Swiss Vineyard Tours?

These aren't organised tours, but basically self-walking tours.

http://www.lesvinsduvalais.ch/wine-producer/vins-valais-wineries-open-days.html
(19th May - maybe other days too)

http://www.cavesouvertes.ch/
(26th May - maybe other days too).

I've not done the first one, but did the second one last year and am going again this year. There's also one in, I think, September which I also went to last year. Very recommended. Lovely views, some great wines (some not so good, but you get a bit sloshed towards the end so it loses importance!).
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Re: Swiss Vineyard Tours?

OH and I just bought some fantastic swiss wines last weekend when we were visiting family in Twann on the shores of lake of Biel / Bienne. We were lucky enough that there was an open day (wine cellar) event so we were able to visit some of the cellars and ended up buying 6 bottles from each of these two guys (we travel by train so couldn’t buy more).

Werner Engel
http://www.frauenkopf.ch/home.htm
I love his Pinot Noir barrique and OH savours the Pinot Gris.

Martin Hubacher
http://www.johanniterkeller.ch/
His Non Filtré is yummi and the Chardonnay too.

Werner’s wife is Thai and I know they speak English with each other most of the time. I don’t know if Martin does know any English but his German wife might
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Re: Swiss Vineyard Tours?

Why not go to Lavaux between Lausanne and Vevey, enjoy gorgeous views and stopy by local wineries all around the place that are usually open and sell local wines? I am not saying they produce best of Swiss ones, as I rather drink french stuff but it's a nice experience every time we go there.
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Why not go to Lavaux between Lausanne and Vevey, enjoy gorgeous views and stopy by local wineries all around the place that are usually open and sell local wines? I am not saying they produce best of Swiss ones, as I rather drink french stuff but it's a nice experience every time we go there.
I would also recommend Lavaux for its natural beauty and the Vinorama:

http://www.lavaux-vinorama.ch/presentation_en.php
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Re: Swiss Vineyard Tours?

For the record to help anyone looking at this thread for other dates, think of walking tours like the Route Gourmande, this year September 9, 2012, http://www.routegourmande.ch/ One gets to meet many people, including many expats. It's 5-km walk with lots of food and wine included in the price. We've taken it several times.
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Re: Swiss Vineyard Tours?

Would he be interested in an absinthe and (Swiss) champagne tour- to complement the wine/s?. We are on the way to Burgundy if he is driving, or near TGV Bern-Dijon line. Happy to volunteer and chauffeur if dates suitable (+ overnight B&B).
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Re: Swiss Vineyard Tours?

Ahahah - but it's good isn't it. I am quite biased as I was born and bred in it, as it were

Mauler champagne is really excellent. 3rd generation from Alsace - and you wouldn't never know it is not produced in the Champagne region. They win many international prizes and really good price (most Denner have it on sale, if any of you want to try).

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