“Pop!”, the festivities have started. What could be better than Swiss wines, especially Swiss sparkling wines, to celebrate the end of the year. The sparkling wines will bring freshness, exuberance and joy to your guests. To treat your guests, Swiss Wine offers a selection of sparkling wines from the six wine regions. But wait…did you know that Swiss winemakers use three different production methods? Indeed, there is the traditional method, in which the foaming takes place in the bottle (like champagne), that in a closed vat, where the effervescence is created in a vat (like prosecco) and the gasification (addition of carbon dioxide).
Let's start this overview with the largest winegrowing region, the Valais. As an aperitif, choose the Mantis from St. Jodernkellerei in Visperterminen, a Muscat, Riesling-Sylvaner, Pinot Noir blend that goes perfectly with a spicy aperitif. Followed by a Blanc de Noirs from Cave Gilbert Devayes in Leytron. This 100% Pinot Noir sparkling wine will go perfectly with your white fish, shellfish or seafood dishes. The Brut du Valais Millésimé from Cave du Tunnel in Conthey, a sparkling wine made from Chardonnay, is also a perfect accompaniment to meat or fish dishes.
Let's go down along the Rhône valley to the canton of Vaud. For dishes based on fish or seafood, it is recommended to choose the Péteux, AOC La Côte, from Cave de la Côte in Tolochenaz, which is an organic sparkling wine. It will delight your taste buds with its notes of red fruits, its freshness and its complexity. The Brut, AOC Côtes de l'Orbe, from Cave de la Combe Marendaz in Mathod will seduce you with its freshness and its fine bubbles. As for Lavaux’secco, AOC Lavaux, from Domaine Jean Duboux, it can be enjoyed on its own or to enhance your festive cocktails.
Crossing Lake Geneva, you will arrive in Geneva where the Baccarat Brut Rosé from Cave de Genève will be the ideal accompaniment for your salmon or fresh goat cheese puff pastries. Its beautiful garnet pink colour and its notes of raspberry, pomelo and lemon zest are sure to tantalise your taste buds. For the festive period, why not try a cheese fondue with a Blanc Noir from Domaine de la République et Canton de Genève with its bouquet revealing a beautiful maturity of apple, pear and dried fruits, and on the palate, aromas of white flowers and hazelnut mixed with a touch of citrus. If you are not too fond of cheese, why not chose L'Altesse brut from Domaine de la Mermière which will go deliciously with shellfish, such as a tartare of prawns, citrus fruits and peanuts.
Let's voyage slightly to the north, in the region of the Three Lakes, where you will find fresh sparkling wines with light bubbles and floral aromas that will be the perfect accompaniment to all your festive dishes. The Blanc Brut Bouvier Frères from Cave des Côteaux is a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with notes of brioche, hazelnuts and red berries, perfect with cheeses at the start or end of a meal. The Cuvée des Bénédictins Brut de Mauler is a blend of Chardonnay, Colombard, Chenin and Pinot Noir that will enchant you with its notes of white flowers, elderberry, muscat and melon. It is the perfect match for fish, both grilled and in a sauce. Finally, the Oeil-de-Perdrix Mousseux Brut from Cave du Prieuré will seduce you with its salmon colour and its notes of quince and fresh plum.
German-speaking Switzerland, which can boast of sixteen wine-growing cantons, composes a complex mosaic that essentially extends along the banks of the rivers and lakes of the Swiss plateau. An ideal aperitif, the Brut de Rötiberg Kellerei originates from the Schaffhausen region. This traditional sparkling wine, a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, reveals notes of crisp apple, melon and lemon. Also from this region, the Eloise Cuvée Pinot Noir Brut from Divino will go perfectly with lake or sea fish as well as seafood. This blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay will bring freshness with aromas of peach, white flowers and exotic fruits. In the Lake Zürich region, Secco 2019 from Dreistand presents red fruit notes such as raspberry. This cru is ideally served as an aperitif or with dessert.
Finally, moving to the southern slope of the Alps, Ticino offers chilled sparkling wines. As a starter, Brioso de Azienda vitivinicola Giromit is a Chasselas and Merlot blend with floral and sourdough notes. For a wine that will be ideal from starter to dessert, why not chose the Enrico I from the Trapletti winery, a classic sparkling wine with notes of citrus, fresh butter and freshly baked bread. To pair with fish dishes, the Refolo from Fattoria Moncucchetto, a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, has a beautiful structure and a refreshing palate with notes of ripe fruit.