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Open wine cellars 2024

The «open wine cellars» are the annual highlight for all fans of Swiss wine. Here you can find out everything you need to know about the event. We also introduce you to the six regions and a wine that we particularly like.

Bottle of Cabernet-Pinot Noir Barrique from Weingut Nadine Saxer

German-speaking Switzerland

Our highlight: Cabernet-Pinot Noir Barrique 2020 - Nadine Saxer Winery

Over 210 winegrowers throughout German-speaking Switzerland will be opening their doors on the weekend of April 27 and 28 and on May 1. Three days to taste the wines throughout German-speaking Switzerland and get to know the wide range on offer.

Our tip: Visit the friendly winemaker Nadine Saxer in Neftenbach near Winterthur. We have been enthusiastic about her modern, independent wines for years. The lusciously fruity, smooth Cabernet Pinot is a prime example of the Zurich-based winemaker's work.

Bottle of L'Oeil de Perdrix Sélection Tradition AOC from Château d'Auvernier

Neuchâtel

Our Highlight: L'Oeil de Perdrix Sélection Tradition AOC 2022 - Château d'Auvernier

Neuchâtel, the largest wine region of the Three Lakes, is known for its Pinot Noir and Chasselas wines, including the Œil-de-Perdrix. 37 winegrowers from the region await you on Friday, May 3 from 16:00 to 20:00 and on Saturday, May 4 from 10:00 to 17:00.

Of course, the idyllic Château d'Auvernier will also be opening its doors. Don't miss its Œil-de-Perdrix. For this Neuchâtel rosé specialty, grapes of the Pinot Noir variety are macerated for one night. The result is a lively, salmon-colored wine with a typical strawberry bouquet.

Bottle of Sienta Rouge from Sienta

Valais

Our highlight: Sienta Rouge 2020 - Sienta

The canton of Valais is one of the largest wine-growing regions in Switzerland. The dry and sunny climate, the sometimes very steep slopes and the warm wind offer perfect conditions for winegrowing. Between 9 and 11 May (Ascension weekend), the wineries open their doors and you can taste the diversity of the wine region and talk to the winegrowers about the numerous specialties such as Cornalin, Humagne Rouge, Heida or Petite Arvine.

Our favorite from Valais: the palatable Sienta Rouge! Perfect for socializing over a cold platter or raclette.

Bottle of Vinattieri Bianco del Ticino DOC from Vinattieri

Ticino

Our highlight: Vinattieri Bianco del Ticino DOC 2021 - Vinattieri Ticinesi

The open wine cellars in the canton of Ticino welcome visitors with over 80 participating wine cellars. The winegrowers welcome you on two consecutive weekends: on 11 and 12 May (Ascension weekend) in Sottoceneri and on 18 and 19 May (Pentecost weekend) in Sopraceneri. During this time, spring vacations in the Sonnenstube are even more worthwhile!

Merlot in all its facets, from red to rosé to white, is available for tasting. But other varieties also thrive perfectly in the Ticino climate, as the Bianco by Vinattieri proves: a cuvée of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc that surprises with its exotic aromas.

Bottle of Gamar'one from Cave de la Côte

Awards

Silber – Grand Prix du Vin Suisse 2022

Vaud

Our highlight: Gamar'one 2020 - Cave de la Côte

On 18 and 19 May 2024 (Whitsun weekend) you will once again have the opportunity to discover the six wine regions of the canton of Vaud! From Chablais and La Côte to Lavaux, Côtes de l'Orbe, Bonvillars and Vully, over 200 winegrowers await the public.

Our wine recommendation is the great Gamar'one from the Cave de la Côte - our clear number one among the Gamarets! Founded in 1929, the winery brings together around 300 winegrowers with a total of over 450 hectares of vines, which corresponds to a quarter of the La Côte winegrowing region.

Awards

Silber – Grand Prix du Vin Suisse 2022

Bottle of Unika VdP from Domaine Le Grand Clos / Fam. Novelle

Geneva

Our highlight: Unika VdP 2020 - Domaine Le Grand Clos / Fam. Novelle

As the third largest wine-growing canton in Switzerland, Geneva occupies a special place with its three wine-growing regions - the Mandement and the regions between the Arve and Rhône rivers (Lully, Bernex, Soral, etc.) and between the lake and the Arve (Jussy, Anières, Gy, etc.). On Saturday, May 25, more than 70 wine cellars in the canton will open their doors to visitors.

Our tip from the region comes from "vigneron créateur" Jean-Michel Novelle. His Unika is a unique wine, and not just because of its interesting blend of Syrah and Pinot Noir.

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