With Dimitri Engel, wine can be experienced in a whole new way, whether it’s the art deco atmosphere in the cellar, the tasting sessions every Friday, or his “tête-à-tête” wines.
Our wine tour of Switzerland now takes us to the charming little village of Saint-Blaise, nestled in between vineyards and lakeside scenery, just a few minutes from the town of Neuchâtel.
Specialities from Neuchâtel
Dimitri Engel is a devoted winemaking craftsman who tends 4.8 hectares of vineyards following integrated agriculture methods. He is extremely proud of the specialities produced in his canton: he makes Chasselas and Pinot Noir wines using traditional techniques, or in barriques, or even a rosé version of Pinot Noir.
In 2014, this accomplished producer won first place in the rosé category for his Œil-de-Perdrix! He displays his many accolades on the “wall of fame” in his cellar!
Dimitri also offers a Sauvignon Blanc and a Viognier, which are rare in the Trois Lacs region, so enthusiasts on the lookout for aromatic wines won’t be disappointed!
All his wines are available in a “tête-à-tête” version, which is a very romantic 500 ml size! Along with his artist friend Giovanni Dal Sasso, he decorates the wines he matures in barriques and hangs his canvases in his cellar.
Why is a visit to Dimitri Engel in Saint-Blaise a “must”?
Right from the moment you set foot in his wonderful cellar you’ll be under his spell. The place is extraordinary, and filled with art, design and even retro style (it’s a former stable that he converted in 2009).
Dimitri’s cellar is open to visitors:
- Friday evenings or Saturday mornings
- By appointment during the rest of the week with various apéritif packages.
If you are looking for something out of the ordinary, choose the “Caveau-dégustation” every Friday from 6pm to 9pm – reservation only. Dimitri’s partner Andrea will prepare one to three different homemade snacks for you. And there’s also something for the children, with a specially designed play area!
Next why not enjoy dinner at one of the village’s many restaurants, including Le Bocca, Red Pepper, or Comme chez vous.
A walk around Saint-Blaise
The village boasts 12 historic fountains. To ensure that you see them all, why not follow the Balade des 12 fontaines, along the Ruau, which was created in 2011 as part of Saint-Blaise’s thousand-year anniversary. And the most recent fountain was built by the famous Ticinese architect Mario Botta. The walk can be enjoyed by the whole family. But Dimitri Engel’s favourite is the round fountain, with its breath-taking views over the village and Lake Neuchâtel…
If the weather is bad, why not visit the Laténium de Hauterive, Switzerland’s largest archaeology museum, which is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm.
And you want to extend your stay in the capital, take a look at what else the canton’s tourist office has to offer! Dimitri let it slip that his brother is the manager:
Contact Dimitri Engel Vins to find out more!