Wine hiking is becoming increasingly popular. Logical really: vineyards have a special charm and the wineries provide sufficient reward. These are our tips for wine hikes - and the matching wines.
Surrounded by vineyards, the trail leads past castles and through the idyllic wine villages of Malans and Maienfeld. Numerous restaurants invite you to eat and drink - and almost always on the wine list: the popular "wine simply fine".
It takes three hours to walk from Visp to Visperterminen and 784 meters in altitude - but it's worth it! On the nature trail, you learn a lot of exciting things about viticulture and the grape varieties of the region. The leisurely version? The Heida by wine journalist Chandra Kurt.
The 38-kilometer «living wine trail" leads from Winterthur to Rafz. Learn more about local viticulture and visit the wineries. A visit with wine tasting at Nadine Saxer's in Neftenbach would definitely be a good start to the hiking day.
In the Mendrisio area there are three wine walks that, in addition to the beauty of the landscape, provide a lot of knowledge and enjoyment. The circular route focusing on Merlot leads from Rancate to the slopes of Monte San Giorgio. This is where the «Rosso di Chiara» comes from.
A beautiful hike with views of the lake and the Alps. From historic Boudry, the trail leads through the vineyards of Neuchâtel to Saint Aubin-Sauge. Thanks to the light-footed white wines of Neuchâtel, you can easily manage the four-hour hike.
The «Sentier des vignes» starts in Yvorne, leads past the Château d'Aigle with its wine museum, then via Bex to Lavey-les-Bains. For the 24 kilometers you can expect about 8 hours. Of course, the route can also be done in stages.