Lower Valais...

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On the granite ground of the elbow of the Rhone river, grows “Lord” Gamay. In this region, the vineyards of Plan Cerisier are dotted with small, temporary homes called “mazots” which, a few decades before housed the vineyard workers.
In Fully, another iconic native variety of wine can be found, that of Petite Arvine (Little Arvine). Close by, within the micro-Mediterranean climate is also the
Follatères nature reserve.

In the village of Saillon, you must not miss visiting the smallest vineyard in the world, comprising just 3 vines! Currently owned by the Dalai Lama, the first owner was Jean-Louis Barrault, and every year, famous celebrities come to “work” in the vineyard. The village of Leytron is home to the Humagne variety, whereas in Chamoson, the largest wine producing area in Valais, many different grape varieties grow due to the diverse types of soil.

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Central Valais

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The Amigne wine, in the town of Vétroz, is an old, local speciality, with varying degrees of sweetness. Due to such variation, the winemakers of the region have now classified their wine labels with one to three bees to symbolize the amount of residual sugar in the wine.

It is in the region of Sion, the capital of Valais, that the terraced vineyards are the most impressive.
The dry stone walls of Brûlefer Cozettes which reach up to 22 m high, compete in size with the neighbouring castles of Valere and Tourbillon symbolize the Valaisans' struggle against the wilderness. The stroll along the Bisse de Claveau is a great way to contemplate these “hanging terraces in the air”!

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Cornalin is the oldest red grape variety of the Valais; in 1313, the sale of a vineyard in the village of Flanthey, in the Cornalin growing region, was already registered. Nowadays, in September of each year, the winemakers of Flanthey meet up during “Cornalin Time” and in Autumn 2013, the Chateau de Vaas Association will host a permanent exhibition on “The House of Cornalin.”

The vineyards overlooking the Rhone valley open up the view on the Upper Valais region, and the city of Sierre.

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Further along, we come to the slopes of Sierre, where many indigenous varieties can be found such as Petite Arvine (Little Arvine), Humagne blanc (white Humagne), Cornalin and the traditional Chasselas, Rhin and Pinot Noir grapes.

Again, the neighbouring local people followed the practise of transhumance to take care of their vineyards. Each region had its traditions to which the villages along the
“coteaux de Sierre” are still witnesses and the fascinating history of the Valais vineyards is a delight to discover during the famous wine walk leading from Sierre to Salquenen

Upper Valais

In Salquenen, the vines grow on limestone which allows the wine growers to cultivate a particularly fine Pinot Noir.

Do not miss the spectacular museum "Musée de la Vigne et du Vin"

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Climbing from 600 to 1150m, the Visperterminen vines stretch between heaven and earth, making them the highest vineyards in Europe. This is the birthplace of Heida/Paien, an ancient white grape Traminer variety.
A little further up the Rhone valley, on a steep slope of the right bank, Mund saffron was grown for the first time ever in Switzerland, and still does

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