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Autumn is grape season. From August 31 until Advent, scarcely a day goes by without a wine-tasting event taking place somewhere in Switzerland. The list below indicates only some of the many opportunities to taste wine in 2002.
INTERNATIONAL TRADE FAIRS
These tasting events, held in large exhibition halls throughout the fall, charge a modest entrance and offer the chance to try or buy over a thousand different wines from all over the world. The most important fair is Zurich's Expovina, where 160 vintners display over 4,000 wines.
October 11-19: Luvina
Where: City Hall, Lucerne Lucerne (lsûrn`), Ger. Luzern (ltsĕrn`), canton (1993 pop.
When: Mon-Fri 5-10 p.m., Sat-Sun 3-8 p.m.
October 11-20: Berner Weinmesse
Where: BEA BEA - Basic programming Environment for interactive-graphical Applications, from Siemens-Nixdorf. Exhibition Hall #12, Bern
When: Mon-Fri 5-10 p.m., Sat 2-10 p.m., Sun 2-7 p.m.
October 26-November 3: Basler Wymass
Where: Exhibition Hall, Rundhofgebaude, Halle 2, Basel
When: daily 2-9 p.m.
October 31-November 14: Expovina
Where: 12 ships docked near Burkiplatz, Zurich
When: Mon-Fri 5-10 p.m., Sat 2-10 p.m., Sun 2-9 p.m.
November 14-24: Vinifera
Where: Kongresshaus, Biel/Bienne
When: Mon-Fri 5-10 p.m., Sat 2-10 p.m., Sun 2-9 p.m.
Information: 032 377 17 12
SWISS WINES The Swiss wine region has nearly 15 000 hectares of vineyards, and the wines are mainly produced in the west and in the south of Switzerland, in the cantons of Geneva, Neuchâtel, Ticino, Valais and Vaud.
The best wines in Switzerland are considered to come from the Valais, but don't ignore the other cantons. There are vineyards on the lakes of Geneva Geneva, canton and city, Switzerland
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An increasing number of Swiss vintners from all the wine-producing cantons are combining their desire for an excellent product with a concern for the environment. Wines labeled "Bio" are organically produced, using the most nature-friendly methods possible. Another farming method, called Integrated Production A farming system that produces high quality food and other products by using natural resources and regulating mechanisms to replace polluting inputs and to secure sustainable farming. or IP, does not conform to Verb 1. conform to - satisfy a condition or restriction; "Does this paper meet the requirements for the degree?"
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August 31-September 1: Vinea
Where: city center, Sierre, VS
When: Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Information: www.vinea-sierre.ch or 027 544 85 35
This is your chance develop a taste for amigne, petite arvine, cornalin, humagne rouge, and some of the other exclusive wines of the Valais, as well as to enjoy some of the best pinot noirs and gamays that Switzerland has to offer. One hundred and thirty vintners from the Valais will offer samples of more than 500 local wines; in addition, there will be tours of the vineyards plus other wine-related activities and festivities fes·tiv·i·ty
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September 6-8: La Bacchica
Where: Piazza piazza
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When: Friday evening--Sunday afternoon
Information: Franco Ruinelli, 091 825 2131
At this traditional Ticinese grape-harvest festival, held in the medieval part of Bellinzona under the shadow of its three famous castles, not only wine but also music flows all weekend. The festival begins with an outdoor supper on Friday night, continues with an enormous market on Saturday, and ends with a parade and lunch on Sunday, all accompanied by wine-tasting and musical performances.
September 7: Countrywomen's Market
Where: Maienfeld, GR
When: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Information: Silvia Nett, 081 300 45 56
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September 7: Annual Vineyard vineyard, land on which cultivation of the grape—known as viticulture—takes place. As many as 40 varieties of grape, Vitis vinifera, are known. Walk from Sierre to Salgesch
Where: begins at the Chateau de Villa in Sierre, VS
When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Information: www.sierre-salgesch.ch or 027 455 85 35
This is the twelfth year that the regions vintners are sponsoring a seven-kilometer hike along a well-kept path that passes through a number of vineyards. Along the way hikers are entertained by local musicians and offered tastes of many different wines, grapes Grapes - A Modula-like system description language.
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September 7-8: Weinpavillon
Where: Obermeilen, ZU; at the Auto-Graf pavillion on Seestrasse, across from the Landeli beach
When: Sat 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun 1 p.m.-6 p.m.
The vineyards on the Lake of Zurich are small but at least one, Kaspar von Meyenburg, dates back to the 16th century. On this weekend, 15 of the region's vintners will be on hand to discuss their craft and provide samples of over a hundred wines.
September 13-15: Fete de la vigne, Buix
Where: Buix, JU
When: Fri evening, Sat afternoon + evening, Sun all day
Information: www.jura.ch/vigne or Jean-Marc Fridez, 079 410 9093
Wine puts everyone in a good mood, but here's a chance to combine your tippling with a few genuine belly laughs. In the northeastern corner of the Jura, the village of Buix holds its wine-tasting weekend at the same time as it presents a comedy festival. There will be humorous sketches and pantomimes to complement the region's pinot gris “Gris” redirects here. For the artist, see Juan Gris.
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September 15 and October 6: Concerts-aperitifs
Where: Chateau Mercier, Sierre, VS
When: Tues mornings at 11 a.m.
Information: www.chateaumercier.ch or 027 451 22 22
Enjoy 45 minutes of Bach, Telemann or Villa-Lobos performed by students from Sion's music conservatory conservatory
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September 20-21: Weinfest Flasch
Where: Flasch, GR
When: Fri 6 p.m-Sun 6 p.m.
Information: www.weinfest-flaesch.ch or 081 300 06 90
The festival begins on Friday evening with a special meal, served in three village restaurants and complemented with local wines and live entertainment. (Reserve seats as soon as possible.) On Saturday and Sunday afternoons a tasting bar will be open in the schoolhouse where vintners will serve guests their best vintages, and throughout the village there will be market stands and music beginning Saturday at 1 p.m.
September 27-29: Fete des Vendanges
Where: downtown Neuchatel
When: Fri 6 p.m.-Sun afternoon
Information: www.fete-des-vendanges.ch or 032 889 68 90
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During the parades, a seemingly endless quantity of wine is passed out to all spectators. For an excellent guide to the region's vineyards, from Le Landeron
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September 28-29: Winzerfest, Sarganserland
Where: Heiligkreuz, SG
When: Sat 7 p.m.-Sun afternoon
Information: Heinz Lutz, 081 723 47 03
The festival begins with a spaghetti spaghetti: see pasta. dinner accompanied by wine-tasting and music and continues on Sunday with a tour of the vineyards at 11 a.m.
The wines are mostly blue burgundies, produced from pinot noir noir
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September 27-29: Fete des Vendanges, Lutry
Where: Lutry, VD
When: Sat afternoon; parade on Sun afternoon
Information: 021 613 73 73
This annual harvest celebration in a small but well-known wine-producing town near Lausanne includes not only a parade, but plenty of free samples from the region's 30 vintners.
October 19: Winzerfest, Liechtenstein
When: starts at 11:00 a.m.
Information: www.tourismus.li or 423 239 63 00
If you miss this one-day tasting festival in October, you can always visit the Vinothek at the Vaduz Hofkellerei (Court Cellar), which sells wine from Prince Hans-Adam's own vineyards. The Hofkellerei offers tasting seminars and includes an excellent restaurant. Information: www.hofkellerei.li or 423 232 10 18.
October 25-27: Twann Truelete
Where: Twann, BE
For three days the village of Twann on the Lake of Biel celebrates its grape harvest with food and market stands, sports, and a variety of entertainment. The highlight for wine fans is a chance to taste a hundred different wines from the region and talk to the village's 19 vintners.