PROGRAM / THEMED VISITS
Discover the fair
Arvinis benefits from the advice of professional sommeliers to discover the show.
This year, seven sommeliers will guide you through different circuits, allowing a fun learning and a unique way to visit the 24th edition of the Swiss Wine Fair.
WORLD’S VINEYARDS TOUR
Come along on a journey from the shores of the Mediterranean to the ocean coasts of the Southern Hemisphere. This great global tasting will compare the classic styles of Northern Hemisphere countries, ranging from Iberian (Spain and Portugal) and Italian wines to those from Georgia and Lebanon. More recent styles from the main wine-growing regions of the Southern Hemisphere, such as Argentina, Chile, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, will also be tasted. Take your first steps into wine culture on an exotic adventure that will not fail to surprise you.
THE DIVERSITY OF THE GENEVA REGION
Nestled between the peaks of the Jura and the rocks of the Salève, Geneva is the third largest wine-growing canton in Switzerland, stretching out over roughly 1,400 hectares.
The fruit of a 2,000-year-old tradition, the region’s winegrowers have been able to diversify their grape varieties to adapt to their particular environment and meet the expectations of today’s consumers.
VAUD, COUNTRY OF THE 3 SUNS
The second largest wine-growing canton in Switzerland with almost 4,000 hectares, the Canton of Vaud has 4 wine-growing areas.
Its temperate climate and geographical position are ideal for growing grapes and give rise to the most mineral white wines in the world.
Do you know the three suns rule?
- The rays projected by the sun onto the vine
- The reflection from the blue waters of Lake Geneva that shines onto the vineyard
- The build-up of heat on the stones of the terraces that keeps the vineyard warm on cool nights
VALAIS, AT THE SOURCE OF THE RHÔNE
As the leading Swiss wine-growing canton, Valais represents a third of national production with 5,000 hectares of vineyards.
The Rhone originates in the Rhone glacier in the Furka Pass and tempers the wine-growing regions it crosses, from Valais to the Mediterranean, giving rise to some of the greatest wines in Europe.
This wine-growing region, characterised by its indigenous grape varieties, is divided into three distinct parts:
- Lower Valais
- Upper Valais
- Central Valais
TICINO, SOUTHERN SWITZERLAND
The southernmost of Switzerland’s vineyards enjoy an ideal combination of excellent soil and a Mediterranean climate. The balance between sunshine and rainfall makes the Ticino terroir a particularly favourable natural environment for the ripening of late varieties such as Merlot. An emblematic grape variety of this region, Merlot can be vinified into both red and white wine. In fact, Ticino white Merlot is a unique wine that highlights the distinctiveness of the region’s wine industry.
DISCOVERING SWISS VINEYARDS
At first glance, the Swiss wine industry appears to just be a drop in the ocean of world wine production. However, Swiss wines have gained international recognition thanks to the diversity of their terroirs and grape varieties as well as their excellent quality. Come discover the region’s specialties throughout its many soils and climates.