Find some great ideas for choosing Swiss wine based on recommendations from 7 of our winemakers. Whether you’re looking for something traditional or something different, we think you’ll find what you want.
Choosing a wine for Christmas and New Year is always tricky; you have to balance tradition, innovation, surprise, your budget and food-pairing options. We have saved you some time, so you can delight your guests whether you’re hosting an apéritif, a dinner or just drinks with friends. We’ve talked to our winemakers and come up with a selection of wines for your festive get-togethers.
Here are 10 recommendations from our winemakers for Christmas and the New Year
1.Le Spumante Refolo Brut or Rosé by Fattoria Moncucchetto
“Sparkling wine is great for a party, isn’t it?” says Cristina Monico, oenologist at Moncucchetto. “Our Refolo is perfect with seafood or oysters, and it is often enjoyed in this way. But it also works really well with turkey!” So this Christmas, why not veer off the beaten track with Spumante Rosé or Brut by Fattoria Moncucchetto!
2.Sauvignon Blanc 2015 by Château des Bois
At the Château des Bois in Satigny, Nicolas Seiler has a soft spot for the Sauvignon Blanc 2015. It’s very fruity and exotic with grapefruit notes, and your guests will love the taste of this wine paired with fish dishes. You can even shake things up and serve it as an apéritif.
Or Bois des Chiens of Château des Bois : A blend of Cabernet, Gamaret and Garanoir aged in oak barrels separately and blended later. The Bois des Chiens is a tannic party wine, very complex and full-bodied, it can be compared to a Bordeaux.
3.Ferradu de la Cantina il Cavaliere, a wine worthy of Bordeaux
Ferradu is an ideal wine for family and Christmas celebrations. It is unique in Switzerland. It is a trendy wine and easy to drink with a little residual sugar with aromas of vanilla and coconut. Aged 6 months in American barrels, it is structured and round.
Robert Belossi also offers : La Riserva or Le Prestige
La Riserva is great value, and perfectly suitable for drinking with red meat or a full-bodied Alpine cheese. Made with 100% old vine (52 years old) Merlot grapes, it was matured in barrel for 16 months then for a year in bottle. That’s why Belossi recommends the 2012.
Also 100% Merlot, Le Prestige is wonderful for a romantic dinner, to savour by the fireside during an intimate evening. Take it slow. It’s actually the 2011 of Le Prestige that you’ll find in the cellar, because this wine spends two years in barrel and two years in bottle before it is released for sale.
4.Le Gouais Blanc by C. Varonier & Söhne
Gouais is a rare grape variety that has given rise to a great many of our current varieties. It’s also Andy Varonier’s Christmas favourite. Neutral and dry, it is a perfect match for cheese or fish dishes. You’ll surprise all your guests over Christmas dinner with this rare Swiss variety (only three winemakers produce it).
5.San Giorgio Xmas spc
Mike Rudolph’s Christmas special is his Limited Edition 2013. It’s a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot in equal measure. It was matured in just one oak barrel for two and a half years to create this special Christmas edition. Mike Rudolph from Tenuta San Giorgio tasted his wine with a fillet of beef, and “it was perfect”. If there’s going to be a big gathering for your Christmas dinner, it also makes a great partner for hot pot.
6.Chasselas 2015 by Château de Luins
Laurent Baechtold suggests Chasselas 2015. He enjoys drinking it as an apéritif, as is traditional for Chasselas, or with a local fish starter such as perch or fera. In between Christmas and New Year, this Chasselas goes perfectly with traditional Swiss dishes such as raclette or fondue.
7.Le Murailles Brut by Henri Badoux SA
Let’s wrap up our list of Swiss wines for Christmas with some sparkle. Le Murailles Brut by Henri Badoux SA completes the Murailles range. It’s a sparkling wine, mid-way between Prosecco and Champagne: fruity, dry, light and fresh, and vinified in tanks with a Chardonnay base. It will liven up your creamy or flaky pastry desserts and of course can be relied upon to kick off the celebrations as an aperitif.
8.Gift boxes from Gregor Kuonen winery
Spend a moment of discovery during the end-of-year festivities. The team of the Gregor Kuonen winery in Salquenen has elaborated different gift boxes composed of a selection of their wines:
- DOMI 77 Selection Gift Box: a blend of white wines and one red in honour to Dominique Aegerter the motorcycle road racer.
- Kuonen Family Selection Gift Box: 3 noble wines from the Kuonen family: François, Larissa and Gregor.
- AVA and OAN Collection Gift Box: six bottles of Pinot Noir to share with your artist friends.
- Wooden Gift Box “Au 7èmeciel”: two sparkling wines, a rosé and a white
9.Casimiro from Agriloro in Ticino
The Casimiro would be a perfect wine to accompany the rich end-of-year dishes. Made of 8 to 13 grape varieties, according to the years, of which some rare: Egiodola, Carmenere, Tannat or Arinarnora. Complex, spicy and long in the mouth, it is the perfect accompaniment with red meat or cheeses.
10.A Heida sparkling wine by FJ Mathier in Salquenen
This is an exclusivity that Felizitas offers you from the FJ Mathier winery. This Heida sparkling wine is raw with a little residual sugar. It has a very interesting and innovative taste to be unveiled to your guests!
Of course, these wines can also be enjoyed on other occasions throughout the year. Ask your winemakers for advice, or call at the estate to have a chat with them.
We would like to wish you a wonderful and enjoyable Christmas and New Year with your family and friends!