Pinot Noir is the most planted red grape in Switzerland that is harvested in many wine-growing cantons.
The neutral grape with a fine skin takes its aromatic identity from the soil and the climate in which it grows and adds them to its notes. The typical characters of the grape show notes of red fruits and forest berries wrapped by light tannins and light acidity. The best Pinot Noir wines will add flavours of undergrowth, leather, and mushrooms, as they mature.
The versatile grape variety results in light apéritif wines typical for Switzerland as well as wines for ageing. Main cantons growing Pinot Noir are Grisons, Neuchâtel, Schaffhausen, Vaud, Valais and Geneva. The canton of Vaud even has its own Pinot Noir clone named Servagnin planted in the Morges region since the 15th century.
For all who like the Pinot Noir grape: Well done. This grape variety presents its class mostly in cool to moderate climates. Switzerland, therefore, can offer a wide variety of Pinot Noirs of different expressions and characters. Do not hesitate to discover some typical examples from the various Swiss cantons.
For all who do not like the Pinot Noir grape: A number of wine tasters regularly remark that Pinot Noir wines are too light. This is not a rule. Choose to taste wines aged in new or old barrels, as it is often done with the grand cuvées by various estates. The Swiss gastronomic side of this grape will offer you wines with a dense, yet subtle texture perfectly matching white and red meat.