Syrah

Popular tradition links Syrah with the Iranian city of Shiraz. However, modern research has proven that this variety has its origins in the Rhône Basin. The closeness of the river seems to suit it marvellously , and Valaisanne Syrahs which grow along the length of the Upper Rhône represent the finest expressions of this varietal.

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Cornalin | OUT OF STOCK

Formerly known as Rouge du Pays, the Cornalin varietal is mentioned in 1313 in a notarial deed recorded in the Anniviers registry. Tough to work with and low yielding, it failed to disappear in the XXth century. For the last 20 years its basic qualities have come to the fore again, with it becoming one of the viticulture icons of the Valais canton.

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Gamay

Originating in Bourgogne, the Gamay has found its location of choice in the Beaujolais where it has prospered for centuries. Certain similarities between the granite soils of its home region and those of its adopted home in Valais explain away the ease with which this varietal has adapted to the alpine vineyard.

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Humagne rouge

Known as Cornalin d’Aoste in Italy, despite the tenacious legends which insist on similarity with Ouriou, Humagne Rouge has no commonality with Ouriou, Humagne Blanche, or Valaisanne Cornalin. Grown exclusively in Valais nowadays, this domain has long been marginal. For two decades there has been a resurge in interest and its growing area is increasing year on year.

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Pinot Noir

Originating in Bordeaux, the Pinot Noir is deemed the most noble of all red grape cultivars. Historical sources indicate that it was brought into Switzerland by Duchess Marie de Bourgogne in 1420, where it has flourished under different denominations up to the present day. Stemming from vines aged 60 and above, with a yield limited to 500g/m2, the grapes are the offspring of typically Valaisanne varieties like small berry Pinot Noir.

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