Often overshadowed by its neighbors France, Italy and Germany, you hear little about Swiss wine.
Perhaps a reflection of the diversity in culture and language in the country, Switzerland has a variety of offerings sure to please any palate.
HISTORY / OVERVIEW
The Swiss wine industry is small but mighty. Vines here amount to a mere .2% of the world’s total grape growing land. This equates to 15,000 hectares of vines in Switzerland. To give you a frame of reference, Bordeaux, one region in France, has 120,000 hectares!
Apart from being outshined by surrounding countries, Swiss wine is not well known abroad due to a low export percentage of 1.8% (all the more reason to try it while you are here!). That being said, the wine has to go somewhere; Swiss consumption is around 31 L per year per person and, according to Spanfeller Media Group, that places Switzerland within the top 10 wine-consuming countries per capita in the world. Continue reading Let me introduce you to Swiss wine…the perfect pairing for Swiss chocolate and cheese!