Parker team wakes up to Swiss wines (update)

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Those of us who know Swiss wines knew the day would come when the Robert Parkers of the world would discover Helvetia’s rich and varied collection of wines; that day has arrived. Swiss wine researcher and author José Vouillamoz in 2011 invited David Schildknecht, a member of Parker’s wine reviewing team and […]

Vaud open house, a little planning will help

Correction: my apologies, but a couple of the wineries listed below are not taking part in the open house days. At Henri Cruchon, where the winery was packed out Saturday morning, they explained that they are already so busy on Saturdays that they could only add to the crowd if they are sure of good […]

Swiss wineries open house days: tips for visiting

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Swiss cantons are becoming increasingly organized and coordinating their work for the cantonal wineries’ open house days. The same basic tips apply for visiting all of them: Your starting point should be the GenevaLunch news story on the event (search name of canton + wineries open house). The open houses are designed […]

Tips for visiting Vaud’s winery Open Days, 11-12 June

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – Your starting point should be the GenevaLunch news story on the event, with some real changes this year that promise to make it easier, more fun and a great way to learn about Switzerland’s often excellent local wines. You’ll get the most out of the visits if a) you spit out the […]

Vaud wineries planning bigger, better Open Days for the weekend (update)


Update 10:00 (link to blog with tips for visiting) LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – Wine-lovers will be spoiled three times over after this weekend, with canton Vaud holding what promises to be a major new annual event on the wine calendar. Saturday and Sunday 11-12 June are open days for wineries in Vaud, with 70 percent of […]

Head for Valais for some glorious wine time! (update)

Update 21:00  SION, SWITZERLAND –  It doesn’t get much more perfect for wine-tasting weather, as Switzerland’s largest wine-producing canton opens its winery doors for three days, to present the newly bottled 2010 vintage. It was a very good year, the wines are a delight, the sun is shining and temperatures are expected to be 23-25C […]

Holiday weekend in Switzerland: sun back, duty free, Valais wines


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A note to GenevaLunch visitors: the four-day Ascension weekend taken by many Swiss businesses has begun. The cold rainy weather will give way to warmer temperatures and partly sunny skies starting Thursday 2 June. This is a popular holiday for travelling inside Switzerland, so traffic will be heavy frequently, not just during […]

Geneva gets another glorious wine Open Day


Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – One of Geneva’s most popular springtime events, the Open Day at the wineries, is Saturday 29 May, and it appears that the canton’s track record for great weather for the event will remain intact. Opage, the cantonal agricultural products office responsible for promoting wine, expects some 20,000 people to turn out. […]

Open Days for Valais wines, where to go

Here are my personal recommendations for places to visit during the Valais wineries Open Days Thursday-Saturday, 13-15 May. This is far from exhaustive, given the 179 wineries participating. And not all wineries are part of this, including some excellent ones, for a variety of reasons. To keep the list reasonable, I’ve had to leave out […]

Open Days for Valais wines: 2010, best yet (update)

Updated 14:45 The Valais open days, 13-15 May, appear to be the best organized yet, with 179 wineries participating. This is the fourth year for Switzerland’s largest winemaking canton’s coordinated effort to present its wines to the public, and it’s the perfect time to make the trip. For one thing, the weather might not be […]