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Grapes

The most notable wines are:

Fendant, from Chasselas, dry, light, fruity and aromatic, lingering well in the mouth. A wine of thirst.

the Dole, red very fragrant. It must contain at least 51% Pinot Noir, the rest being due to Gamay, for what he approaches the Burgundy Passetoutgrain. A grading procedure governs obtaining the designation.

The Goron is a pinot noir red or rosé Gamay and of insufficient quality to merit the appellation Dole.

Johannisberg, based Sylvaner (known here Rhine, or plant the Rhine), fatter and more full-bodied than Fendant.

Alongside these wines that are the essence of Valais produce, others are interesting albeit in very limited quantities:

The Amigne. That old white variety, cultivated only in Valais, is probably of Roman origin. Columella mentions, vitis aminea in the third book of his DE RE RUSTICA. Through Amigne, the Valais can claim a wine twice millenary tradition. Few wineries can say the same.

Officially, Amigne appears for the first time at the International Geneva ampelographic exhibition in 1878. There are now 20 hectares of Amigne worldwide, including 13 in Vétroz.

Chardonnay is one of the most cultivated varieties in the world. Developed in oak barrels, Chardonnay is more complex, more aromatic and is increasingly successful.

Cornalin, formerly known as Red Country in Valais Romand and Landroter in Upper Valais, is probably one of the oldest red varieties that were planted in Valais. After a few years, he acquired a harmony that makes an original wine, noble and remarkable.

Diolinoir is a red grape that was selected by the Federal stations in Pully in 1970 by fertilizing Diolly of Red by pollen of Pinot Black.
The Hermitage is a native white wine Côtes du Rhône and is also called White Marsanne. It seems that the Hermitage was introduced in Valais in the nineteenth century.

Gamay. Introduced to the Valais in the nineteenth century, Gamay is the second largest red grape Valais. Originally from Beaujolais, Gamay, like young wine is drunk young, he is alert and fond. As varietal wine, Gamay is the sap, the bouquet and nice fruity.

Humagne Red, red grape in the late maturity, is very acid, distinctive, rustic and unique character, with wild notes very marked.
The Humagne Blanche seems to be an old white grape native of Valais. The first written records date back to 1313 its presence already. Its presence in other vineyards has never been reported. Its acidity sustained allows this original and rare wine to retain some years, and then he slowly delivers a rustic personality, complex and subtle aromas tinged with resin and flowers. But the originality of the Humagne Blanche comes from the fact that it naturally contains three times more iron than other wines.

Malvasia, the name given in Valais Pinot Gris, is actually a mutation of Pinot Black. Wine of Greek origin, Malvasia wine can be dry, slightly sweet or sweet depending on the winemaking method and survey obtained during the harvest.

Muscat white grape appreciated by many fans exactly charmed by its bouquet of unparalleled intensity.

Pagan is from the vine heida related to Savagnin Blanc. Gentile wine is rustic and lively taste of citrus. Its acidity gives it several years of improvement and therefore aging that will benefit him
Petite Arvine, white variety of Valais origin, which is also the only region in the world where it is grown. This Valais specialty is characterized by countless seemingly contradictory characteristics. It is known both footprint robustness and sensitivity, ruggedness and velvet, vigor and finesse.

The Syrah grape variety originated in Persia, is a late maturing plant should enjoy optimum sunshine. The wine has a dark dress, colorful, slightly purplish with a strawberry scent and finely peppered with notes of coriander and cloves. The Syrah wine, that suits perfectly for barrel aging, is certainly one of the red wines from Valais more aging potential.

The legendary Glacier Wine, Val d’Anniviers, is developed from the rèze, grown on 75 acres only. Traditionally, the glacier wine aging, they say, in barrels of larch which he does not go out for consumption, all that is being withdrawn immediately replaced.