Swiss Cellars - Switzerland . Valais Valais is Switzerland’s 3rd largest canton (state) with an area of 5,200 km2 (1,285,000 acres). Located in southwestern Switzerland, most of its territory is part of the Swiss Alps. The Rhône river, one of Europe’s most important river, takes its source at the Rhône glacier in eastern Valais, and flows westbound through the canton’s main valley. Valais’ main vineyards are located on slopes along the river banks over a span of approximately 100km (62mi). Valais is Switzerland’s main wine region with approximately 1/3 of the country’s production.
Swiss Wine Page [ back | Home Page ] West Switzerland comprises the cantons of Geneva, Vaud, Neuchâtel, Fribourg, Bern and Jura. It is the largest wine-growing region of Switzerland in terms of quantity of production and extent of the region. The area profits from the climate of the big lakes (Lake of Geneva, Lake of Bienne, Lake of Thun) regulating the temperature and storing the heat. The diversity of the conditions of the soil in this region is striking: there is moraine, gneiss, clay, limestone and a variety of minerals which provide the wine with its individual character. The most popular cutting system, with only a few exceptions, is the Gobelet-cut. The largest part of the white wine production is Chasselas with Riesling-Sylvaner in second position. The big wine cellars cover the largest part of the production, the cooperatives and the wine-growers process a minor amount of the vintage. WebMastering by QUARAS First WebDesign by minick
Swiss Wine Page [ back | Home Page ] The Valais is the valley of the Rhone river. Protected by the Alps it borders West Switzerland in the North, Italy and France in the South. With an average of 2,100 hours of sunshine per year it reaches the maximum in Switzerland. Typical of the Valais are the many different micro-climates, due to the complex soil structure and the local winds. Chasselas (also called Fendant) provides with 45% the largest amount of the production of white wines; Sylvaner, which is sold as Johannisberg, taking second position.The other types of vines count as specialities of the Valais: Amigné, Arvine, Humagne Blanc, Rèze, Marsanne Blanche, Muscat and Savagnin Blanc (Heida). The classic system of the vine-cut in the Valais is the Gobelet-cut. WebMastering by QUARAS First WebDesign by minick Thanks to Silvia Kuebler, Zurich
Valais Wine Valais is the largest wine region in Switzerland, and is responsible for almost half of the nation's total wine production. Located in the mountainous south-western corner of this small country, the main vineyard area of Valais runs east-north-east for 30 miles (50km) from Martigny to just beyond Sierre. Beyond this is a less densely planted section, which follows the valley due east between Leuk (Loeche in French) and Visp (Viege). In 2010, the Valais region was planted with just over 12,300 acres (5000ha) of vineyards, representing 40% of Switzerland's white vine plantings and fractionally less of its reds. The Alpine vineyards of Valais The vines here are owned and tended by an impressive number of independent vignerons – more than 20,000 – most of whom sell their grapes under contract or group together as co-operatives. Pinot Noir is king here and Valais-based plantings of the grape outnumber those of every other red variety in the German-speaking part of Switzerland.
Swiss Wine Online The Valais has the largest number of hectares cultivated to grapevine in Switzerland – and for a good reason. With high mountains to the North, East and South, it is very sheltered and the winds (Föhn) that blow over these mountains are dry and warm as they make it down into the valley and accelerate the growth of the grapes. The Valais receives the least amount of rain and the most amount of sun out of all the wine regions in Switzerland. The vineyards stretch almost continuously from the town of Varen down to Martigny. They range from flat areas on the valley floor to steep, picturesque plots at inclinations up to 90%, spanning an altitude range from 460 meters to 1150 meters above sea level in the Visperterminen. There is a long tradition in the Valais for making dessert wines. A popular red wine from the Valais is Dole, which is a red wine assemblage that is to 85% produced from Pinot Noir and Gamay.
Winemakers' Federation of Australia - Home A Searchable Database of Online Scholarly Journals CELLAR DOOR SERVICE AND THE WINE TOURISM EXPERIENCE: A VITAL INGREDIENT FOR FUTURE GROWTH AND SUCCESS Wine Production and Tourism—Adding Service to a Perfect Partnership Martin A. O’Neill and Adrian Palmer Background Wine tourism is now acknowledged as a growing area of special-interest tourism throughout the world, and it is an increasingly important tourism component of for many wine-producing regions. 1 With its wide range of benefits, including foreign-exchange earnings, the creation of both full- and part-time jobs, and the generation of secondary economic activity, wine tourism is emerging as a lucrative industry sector with the ability to generate substantial long-term wealth and sustain steady tourism growth for these regions. An Overview of Wine Tourism As we stated at the outset, wine tourism has emerged as a strong and growing area of special-interest tourism throughout the world, and is now seen as an increasingly important component of the tourism product of most wine-producing countries. Understanding Visitor Perceptions Research Methodology Research Sample and Setting Exhibit 1