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Valais, an exceptional vineyard

In Valais, the grape growing has a rich tradition two millennia. The art of cultivating the noble plant and raise its divine drink comes from the Roman legionaries who brought in the Rhone Valley varietals many, sometimes from distant lands. Thanks to exceptional climatic conditions, on average 2400 hours of sunshine per year and precipitation below 600 mm, the Valais with its varied terroirs, composed of schist, gneiss, limestone or granite, now houses a wide range varietals.

With 5.177 ha shared between 20,000 owners, the Valais is the largest Swiss vineyards, stretching from Evouettes Visperterminen. A pleasant climate, very dry, enjoying a very smooth until late autumn, and good sometimes calcareous soils, sometimes schistose, partly explain the quality of the results here.

The Valais has some of the very best wine sectors including the Sion district driest place in Switzerland. In the vineyard landscaped “tablars” (terraces), work must often be handmade and winch.

No less than forty varieties grown there, including a dozen specifically Valais. Remarkably, the red grape varieties are the majority, but the White production is greater due to higher productivity.