Valais, Alpine grapes on glacial terroir

The Valais vineyards contribute one third to total Swiss production. Over more than a hundred kilometres, they stretch along the river Rhône. Their well-exposed slopes extend continuously from the communes of Salquenen in the east to Martigny in the west.

 The vineyards sometimes penetrate deeply into the side valleys, so that of Visperterminen at 1,100 metres is among the highest in Europe.The favourable climate, dry and sunny, and the diversity of soils, which vary from one plot to another, produce an astonishing wealth of unique wines in Valais from a multitude of grape varieties. Protected by the barrier of the Alps, Valais has by far the driest climate of all Swiss wine regions. The foehn, a hot wind that precipitates ripening, is also an important climatic factor. The great diversity of soils is due to geological upheavals, retreating glaciers and alluvial deposits from the Rhône and torrents from the Alps.

Valais Information

Info from various sources including the very resourceful

Key info

Area4'680 ha

Distribution41% white, 59% red 

ClimateSemi-continental with a southern character (hot and dry)

SoilsGreat diversity due to the combination of geological upheavals, receding glaciers
and alluvial deposits of the Rhône and the Alpine waterways 


Valais Map

Valais Grapes

Grapes (white) Area Share of region
Chasselas (Fendant) - indigenous 769 ha 16.4%
Sylvaner (Johannisberg)  314 ha 6.7%
Arvine (Petite Arvine) - indigenous  251 ha 5.4%
Savagnin Blanc (Heida, Païen) 212 ha 4.5%
Chardonnay  68 ha 1.5%
Pinot Gris (Malvoisie) 59 ha 1.3%
Humagne Blanche - indigenous 26 ha 0.6%
Grapes (red) Area Share of region
Pinot Noir 1'304 ha 27.9%
Gamay 475 ha 10.1%
Syrah 172 ha 3.7%
Cornalin (Rouge du Pays, Landroter) 161 ha 3.4%
Merlot 145 ha 3.1%
Humagne Rouge 142 ha 3.0%
Gamaret - indigenous 103 ha 2.2%
Diolinoir - indigenous 101 ha 2.2%

Our selection of Valais producers

In no particular order, we have selected for you the following wineries for the quality of their wines and/or their hospitality.

Estate Address Website

Chemin de Liaudise 39, 1926 Fully (VS)

DOMAINE J-R GERMANIER Route Cantonale 291, 1963 Vétroz (VS)

DOMAINE GÉRALD BESSE Route de la Combe 14, 1921 Martigny-Croix (VS)

Le Falcon, Manege 2, 3960 Sierre (VS)

Crêt de Goubing 42, 3960 Sierre (VS)

Chemin du Midi 37, 1926 Fully (VS)

Rue de Collombey 3, 1955 Saint-Pierre-de-Clages (VS)

Route des moulins 9, 1913 Saillon (VS)