Discover our Swiss wines to drink this summer! Do you want to try something new? Discover our suggestions.
When choosing a wine for barbecues or an aperitif, we tend to stick with the wines we know, for example Chasselas, Rosés and young Pinots Noirs. So we’ve asked around some of our Swiss vineyards and here are some Swiss wines to drink this summer: a mix of tradition and surprises!
Swiss white wines for the summer
1.Oro Bianco de Agriloro: 2016 Bianco del Ticino DOC
A delicately fruity white with a really fine taste for the Oro Bianco de Agriloro. Blended just before being bottled, this wine allows the different grape varieties time to give the best end results:
- The Merlot transformed into a white wine provides its bouquet and warmth,
- the Chasselas its subtle fruitiness
- the Chardonnay its elegance and complexity.
A wine that expresses all its potential in its youth.
2.Il Murchì Bianco from FattoriaMoncucchetto
A wine which arises from the blending of Johanniter and Solaris with intense, delicate flavours. Il MurchÌ de Moncucchetto unveils fruity notes of peach and pear and exotic notes like mango. A wonderful feminine wine that perfectly accompanies a terrine of foie gras or a sweet and sour dish.
3. Coteaux de Sierre by Gregor Kuonen
What quality aromas for this wine by Gregor Kuonen! This fruity wine stands proud alongside the best whites of our country. This Chasselas is highly appreciated for an aperitif!
4. Fendant, Johannisberg and Sherpa from Domaines Chevaliers
The Domaines Chevaliers offer you two Swiss wines to drink this summer:
- A wine to be appreciated with friends, this Fendant is a lively wine with floral and fruity notes. To be accompanied with hard cheeses or fish from the lake cooked in a wood-fired oven.
- Johannisberg is the name given by the people of Valais to the Sylvaner grape variety: a quality sweet wine that ages gracefully. Perfect for the spring with Valais asparagus or seafood in a salad or barbecued during the summer. Its flavours of bitter almond, sweet spices and rose petals develop with ageing, be careful not to drink it too young!
- The Sherpa: a blend of Heida, White Pinot Noir and Chasselas. A sparkly yellow colour; a complex aroma presenting sweet lime and honey flavours. The Sherpa White will be the ideal companion for your aperitifs, hard cheeses, fish or crustaceans.
5. La Légende from Domaine du Daley
Cyril Severin of Domaine du Daley about Swiss wines to drink this summer:
“I choose quality, dry wines, with floral flavours, to keep in line with the awakening of nature. In white wines, I drink La Légende for my aperitifs or to accompany a light meal. A delicate blend of Chasselas (75%), Chardonnay (20%) completed by Sauvignon Blanc (5%). Because this wine is fermented only once, it remains very taut, dry and mineral, although the Chardonnay and the Sauvignon Blanc provide a more aromatic touch with fragrances of white flesh fruits. The 2015 vintage is certainly the best ever produced!”
6. 2014 or 2015 Chasselas from Chateau Luins
At Chateau Luins the speciality is the “old” Chasselas to taste for special occasions. In the summer, Laurent Baechtold recommends a more recent 2014 or 2015 Chasselas. He appreciates it as an aperitif on his terrace or to accompany fish from the lake.
7. 2015 Bois des Songes from Chateau des Bois
Having spent several months in barrels, 2015 Bois des Songes already unveils thousands of subtleties:
Yellow in colour, citrus fruit flavours evolve on dried fruit flavours with buttery notes. A sweet impression with a beautiful long finish…..an elegant wine that promises to evolve over time to unveil notes of grilled vanilla.
“A wine to taste with a piece of sheep’s cheese and quince jam” Sylvie van Berchem from Chateau des Bois.
Swiss red wines for this summer
1. Oro Rosso d’Agriloro – 2014 Rosso del Ticino doc
This blend of Agriloro is made up of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon, Gamaret, Syrah and Pinot Noir: an elegant, complex wine that profits from a short barrel maturing. The wine-making process tends to highlight the fruity notes that will be appreciated in the wine’s youthfulness.
Perfect with a barbecue at the end of a long hard day
2. La Folie des Grandes Terre from Domaine du Daley
La Folie des Grandes Terres, the Cyrus vintage, is a blend of Gamay Vieilles Vignes and Gamaret. Matured in wooden barrels for 15 months, it’s a real red berry juice with silky tannins, a little peppery touch and a perfect delicacy for this season!
Ideal for the accompaniment of white meats, fish cooked in sauce, sweet and sour cuisine… and may be drank slightly chilled on very hot days as recommended by Cyril Séverin from Daley.
3. 2012 Pinot Noir from Château Luins
A light-bodied 2012 Pinot Noir for accompanying your aperitifs, white and red meats and even certain fish. A must-have in your cellar for the summer according to Laurent Baechtold from Château Luins!
4. Sherpa Rouge from Domaines Chevaliers
Sherpa from Domaines Chevaliers is a red blend of Pinot Noir and Humagne Rouge. The Pinot gives it strength and vigour. The Humagne Rouge, an alpine grape variety with its sweet tannins, provides it with a fruity bouquet and gives it its robust character.
It is the perfect accompaniment with your red meats or a mountain pasture cheese from Valais. It’s also the wine we drink when celebrating with friends or to mark a special occasion: here’s to a beautiful summer season!
And the essentials of the summer: the rosés
1. A Rosato di Merlot from Cantina Cavallini
At Cantina Cavallini, the rosé is developed from Merlot. The Rosa Rossa will surprise your friends! Give in to temptation.
2. L’Oeil-de-Perdrix from the Cave Alain Gerber
A Neuchâtel standard, l’Oeil-de-Perdrix, rosé from Pinot Noir, is a safe bet for your summer aperitifs. Alain Gerber recommends it for accompanying your grilled sea food. And why not innovate and serve it with dessert?
3. 2015 Rosée Vintage from Domaine du Daley
With the Rosé, we indulge ourselves from spring’s first rays of sunshine, like a flower that opens and expresses its sweet fragrance…
” Very fine, with a very long finish, our 2015 Rosée Vintage is a real extravagance!” according to Cyril Séverin from Domaine du Daley.
The entire SWISS WINE DIRECTORY team wishes you a superb summer season and hopes you’ll like our recommendations of Swiss wines to drink this summer!