rawness OENOLOGY & VITICULTURE section chases the passionate, the ‘crazy ones’, those who understood more than 20 years ago there was a need to ‘save’ wine from a strictly financial-led model. They made difficult choices but they today are the future of wine, growing vineyards with respect to their biotopes, producing wines that reflect their terroir and have recovered a true personality. We explore how winemaking is first and foremost the culture of diversity, a close understanding of a bonding Nature, before going forward with it.

AN INTIMATE WINTER WALK IN THE VINEYARDS.

We’re still working on more editorial content, so while keeping you waiting we’d like to invite you to an intimate – and unusual – walk in the Swiss vineyards we’ve one more time visited this winter. There are actually several different vineyards in Switzerland, the most famous being Lavaux (Unesco classified) overlooking Lake Leman, with sumptuous views on the Mont-Blanc. But each has real and well kept secrets to reveal about their terroir & history as they’re produced from assemblage – or not – of indigenous grape varieties ( Humagne blanche & rouge, Petite Arvine, Savagnin, Cornalin,…) together with well-known Pinot Noir, Syrah, Gamay, Chardonnay or Chasselas and traditional growing & wine making techniques. This is the start of a larger topic we’ll enrich throughout the coming weeks, focusing on ‘lost vineyards’ and natural wines. You’ll find these updates in the culture  and  oenology sections of this website.

The pictures above have been taken in the La Côte area, around Vich, an adorable Swiss village nested in the vineyards, overlooking the Leman, facing the Alps & the Mont-Blanc. What did surprise me was this alpine fresh & pure air coming from beyond the lake. A discrete but clear influence from those wild & majestic mountains. BL.