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Red Grape Varieties


 Red Grape Varieties

Pinot Noir (Blauburgunder, Clevner, Spatburgunder)
Pinot Noir, with its associated clones, found in all over Switzerland, originally from Burgundy. In the eastern region of Switzerland is dominated by its production. It is produced as varietals or mixed with other grapes and thus extremely liked variety for global visitors. These blends are popular as Salvagnin in Vaud and Dole in Valais. Depending on the regions of its cultivation, it can produce a wine ranging from light and fruity, to rich and full-bodied.

Gamay is another variety, best-consumed by youngsters that produce all the Beaujolais wines. Gamay is widespread in the western, French-speaking part of Switzerland. Later-ripening than Pinot Noir, it has become the prevailing red variety of wines in Switzerland. Grown as varietal in Geneva or blended with Pinot Noir in Vaud (Salvagnin) and Valais (Dole), Gamay is extremely liked as lively- light wines. The vivacious aroma of Gamay is tinged with freshly picked red fruits.

Merlot has found a second home in Ticino, imported from the Bordeaux region, where it performs extremely well. Later-ripening than the other main Swiss varieties, Merlot is not available in other areas of Switzerland. Merlot red wines are characterizes as racy, tannic and richly colored. A white wine from this black grape commercialized as Merlot Bianco is increasingly popular with producers that give quite interesting results to the consumers.

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