Switzerland represents 0.2% of the world's vineyards. In total there are 252 grape varieties, 168 of which are accepted as cantonal AOCs by the Federal Statistical Office (OFS). The grape varieties are listed in three families.
The native grapes
Traditional grape varieties that have a close and often exclusive link with Switzerland.
These are imported grape varieties which, today, are fully part of the grapes grown in Swiss vineyards, such as Pinot Noir, Gamay or Merlot.
This category includes crosses between two varieties of Vitis vinifera, created by man to bring out a quality (precocity, tannin, colour, aroma).