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29.04.2011
Swiss Wine Time




Perhaps you’ve noticed the artistic posters featuring a cat, a dog and mice with a wine barrel. And depending on your German skills you might be wondering what exactly “Offene Weinkeller Deutschschweiz” means. This weekend Swiss wine producers in the German Speaking cantons of Aargau, Appenzell, Basel, Bern, Graubünden, Luzern, Schaffhausen, Schwyz, St. Gallen and Zürich are opening their doors for the annual open house. Anyone  interested in acquainting themselves with these Swiss wines is welcome to visit for a taste and a tour of the winery.

 

Along with this event come recent statistics about wine consumption in Switzerland. In 2010 Switzerland consumed approximately 280 million liters of wine or 36 liters of wine per person. In the same time consumption of domestic wine also increased with around 2% for whites and 4.2% by reds. Despite the increase though 62% of the wine consumed in Switzerland is imported with Italian, Spanish and French wines amongst the most favoured.

 

Regen lässt das Gras wachsen, Wein das Gespräch. — Rain helps the grass grow, wine the conversation.

 

So what should you look out for in Swiss wines? Well Chasselas (Fendant) is the favourite white, though coming mostly from western and southern Switzerland. In the German-speaking region Müller-Thurgau a.k.a. RieslingxSylvaner is the runner. When it comes to reds there is no doubt that Pinot Noir is the clear champion followed by Gamay. If we combine the two reds we get Switzerland’s favourite red blend Dôle.

 

So if you’re interested in trying some new wines, learning a little about wine production in Switzerland, meeting new people and maybe practicing a little German get out there this weekend with the train or your bike and visit some of these small wineries. More info under: www.offeneweinkeller.ch 

Saturday April 30, 2011 & Sunday May 1, 2011 (starting at 11am)

 

Quick Guide:


Müller-Thurgau — light fruity wine. It tends to have low acidity and is often drunk quite young. It was developed by Dr. Hermann Müller in Thurgau in 1882.

 

Pinot Noir — light red wine. In Switzerland pinot is usually done in a lighter fruitier style than in Burgundy. If you’re used to New World pinot, these will seem very light. The grape originally comes from Graubünden, but in Switzerland it is Schaffhausen that calls itself “Blauburgunderland” (Pinot Noir Country). Definitely worth trying. These are reds that work with chicken and salmon.

 

Gamay — most famous in the Beaujolais style this is a really fruity light red wine. From the carbonic maceration to mellow the acidity the wine may have slight banana notes. Other typical aromas are sour cherry, raspberry and strawberry. This is a great afternoon red.

 

Vineyards to Visit Along Lake Zürich:

  • Gottlieb Welti, Küsnacht
  • Weingut Schipf, Herrliberg
  • Weingut Hasenhalde, Feldmeilen
  • Schwarzenbach Weinbau, Meilen
  • Heiri Bolleter Weinbau, Meilen
  • Rebgut Aeblete, Meilen
  • Weingut Erich Meier, Meilen
  • Bauernhof Kappelweid, Urs Tanner, Uetikon am See
  • ZHAW, Fachstelle Weinbau, Au-Wädenswil

... And many more, see the following link



Written by: Christian Langenegger, co-founder of Marathon Sprachen



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