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Home > Wines of Switzerland > Swiss Wine Regions > Geneva – Geography

Geneva – Geography


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The magnificent climate of Geneva is influenced by the very near Jura and the pre-Alps, which distract the clouds from the west. These majestic microclimates offer favorable conditions for wine-cultivation and thus producing some marvelous variety of grapes. The less sensitive Lake of Geneva and the slopes near the spring frosts are well-exposed hillcrests which get swiftly warmer in the morning.

Average temperature:
January: 0.5°C / 33°F
July: 19°C / 66°F

Rainfall: 930 mm. /yr. (36 in.)
Relatively low for Switzerland

The annual hours of sun exposure:
1979 hrs in Satigny
This is quite high, approaching the levels in Valais.

Altitude: Geneva, 380 m. (1246 ft.);
Satigny, 470 m. (1540 ft)

Geneva's wine growers hold a great diversity of soil condition, from moraine to alluvial deposits left by its two rivers, the Rhone and the Arve. The Chasselas grapes transform these soils into a variety of unique and delicate bouquets. The soil consisting of clay content that goes up to 20-30%, which is neither too light nor too heavy.

Mandement/Right Bank
Up to 30% clay in a few spots, with or without limestone
Peissy, Chouilly, Bossy - silt from calcareous rocks with sand and clay

Entre Arve et Rhone
Glacial moraine
Lully, Peney - moderately high proportions of clay and limestone.
Avully- grimly soil with good filtration

Entre Arve et Lac- The calcareous, gravely soil gives Chasselas wines a touch of flintiness

Switzerland Wine Regions
     Ticino – Geography
   Ticino – The Major Producer
   Ticino Wines
   Geneva – Geography

   Geneva - White Wines/ Geneva - Red Wines
   Wine Region – Geneva
   Geneva – Wine Producer
   Wine road and learning path in Dardagny
   Vaud – Geography
   Vaud - White Wines / Red Wines

   Wine Region –Vaud
   Neuchatel - Geography
   Neuchatel - three lakes region
   Valais Geography
   Wine Region – Valais
   German Switzerland

   German Switzerland – Geography
   Producers - German Switzerland

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