Vaud vineyard wins “Best Merlot” title!

Serendipity: two Vaud gold winners at Mondial du Merlot holding weekend openhouses

World's best Merlot 2010, Cave Cidis in Tolochenaz, near Morges, Switzerland

Morges, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Two of the top Merlots in the world, named late Thursday 25 November at the Mondial du Merlot in Ticino, are grown quite close to each other in canton Vaud. The competition, in its third year, had entries from 25 countries.

Happily for local winelovers, both are holding open houses this weekend, so head for the Morges area!

Cave Cidis, a  well-respected wine cooperative in Vaud, won the overall Merlot best of competition title at the Mondial du Merlot in Ticino, for its “Inspiration” (CHF23), no small feat considering that eight Ticino wines, generally considered home to Switzerland’s best Merlots, won gold.

Vaud made an impressive showing, with two other wineries taking gold, showing the potential for Merlot in the Lake Geneva region. Domaine de Chantemerle, Tartegnin, and Domaine Terre-Neuve, in Saint Prex. David Kind (who speaks English) at Terre-Neuve (on the lake road heading towards Morges) is holding his annual open house Saturday 11:00-17:00 and Cidis in Tolochenaz is holding a three-day Autumn Tasting 24-27 November.

The two wineries are about less than 2 km from each other. Terre Neuve is a relatively small family winery in a beautiful setting and Cidis is one of the largest wineries in the area, with a large selection of their own and other wines, including imported bottles.

Tartegnin is on your route if you’re coming from Geneva, and the fourth generation of the Chantemerle winery family, the Jaccouds, is gaining a reputation for innovation and interesting fine wines. The winery, with English web pages, is open Saturday.

David Kind, Terre-Neuve in Saint Prex


  1. Hi. The list of wines is on their web site, in French and German (top right corner to change languages)