Right after Burgundy we went straight to Jura, but only had the chance to visit very few domaines as we only stayed half a day on our way to Switzerland. We went straight to visit Anne and Jean-François Ganevat, a fully organic and certified biodynamic vineyard which is run by Jean-Francois since 1998, the year that he returned to the region to take over the family domaine of 8 hectares. He is now joined by his sister Anne, who is in charge of their négoce activity. An amazing tasting of spectacular natural wines…
In Switzerland, there are 14 700 hectares of vines which represent 100 million liters. They have 6 wine producing regions with 6 different identities (Valais, Vaud, Suisse Alémanique, Genève, Ticino and Trois Lacs). 240 grape varieties are cultivated here in altitude between the heights of 270m in Tessin and 1100 m in Wallis. They Produce 29% Pinot Noir, 27% Chasselas, 10% Gamay, 7% Merlot and 9% of indigene wines, in the following classifications: AOC, Vins de pays, Vins de table, AOC Valais. They export very few, as most of their wine production is enjoyed in Switzerland!
Louis Bovard is the ambassadeur of Chasselas. At head of his domaine, Louis-Philippe Bovard takes care of 18 hectares since 1983 as the 10th generation of his family; and, wearing his marine cap, he couldn’t stop talking about this lemanique grape. Cully, situated in Lavaux, is under the Unesco protection since 2006. There’s 70% of chasselas on the domaine; all the rest is composed of Merlot, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin blanc. All in all, as recommended years ago by a chef, he crafts his wines to be on the best tables of the world in order to accompany your plates.
Obrist was founded by Emmanuel Obrist in 1854 as a négoce company in Vevey. After a few years of négoce activity, Emile, Emmanuel’s son, decided to get vineyards in order to guaranty the production of quality wines. This is how he acquired domaines such as la Cure d’Attalens, Le Clos du Rocher and the vineyards of Chateau de Chardonne. Nowadays they have 83 hectares as well as the remain négoce activity, and is one of the main import producers and négociant of Switzerland.
Jean René Germanier
Our great surprise was that the day we did our visit at the domaine, they got awarded as Best Pinot Noir according to the Grand Prix du Vin Suisse! Jean René took over the family domaine in 1896 in the hameau de Balavaud, on the Vétroz commune, in the heart of Valais. He is nowadays taking care of the domaine with his nephew Gilles Besse, maintaining the tradition of their family as the 3rd and 4th generation. Their philosophy is to make wines with the notion of terroir, with their local grapes, creating authentic wines that were really appreciated.
Les Caves du Paradis
The Caves du Paradis have a great history behind them. Olivier, who presented us his company that he took over from his father a few years ago after doing the OIV MSc, explained the history of his grandfather, who was craving the idea of producing is own wine. At that time, his grandfather was buying some grapes and was asking to his friends to vinify his wine at their place. After 10 years of great help from his friends he finally was able to build the Caves du Paradis during the “boom” of wine in Switzerland. At that time, he bought 6 hectares and nowadays have 10 hectares. Then, as he needed financial needs, he used the bulk in order to finance the bottling part in order to create a more qualitative brand. They planted specialties like Syrah and Chardonnay and have many different cuvees where you will for sure find more than one cuvée that will please your palate.