Fribourg, Jura and Berne Wine Regions

Fribourg Swiss Wine

Fribourg Swiss WineWhile Neuchâtel wines originate from the north-western shores of the eponymous lake, those of Fribourg are made to the east of Lac de Neuchâtel, from around Broye in the south and Vully in the north. Vully’s vineyards stretch to between the lakes of Neuchâtel and Morat. The ground here is clay, sand, and calciferous sandstone. The climate is clearly moderated by the lake. The Chasselas grape holds sway here too but there are a number of interesting specialities such as the wines of Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling x Sylvaner (Müller-Thurgau), and Freisammer, which is a cross between Sylvaner and Pinot Gris. There is also an excellent Swiss wines like Oeil-de-Perdrix and superb Pinot Noir.



The wines of Vully, Faverges, and Cheyres are fresh, elegant, fruity, and quite light. They clearly portray their terroir. Drinking temperature for this Swiss wine is 8-12°C (46.4-53.6°F) with a preference for not overcooling.



This exceptionally fruity Swiss wine is redolent of raspberry and has plenty of body and juice. Drinking temperature for this Swiss wine is 14°C (57.2°F).


Other Swiss wines

Of all the other rare Fribourg wines, the best are the fresh and elegant Oeil-de-Perdrix, fulsome Chardonnay, sultry Pinot Gris, and the Gewürztraminer.


Jura Swiss Wine Region

This is a relatively new wine region from Switzerland. The first vineyards were planted only in 1986 and the first grape harvest was in 1990. This is quite strange since the position has a beneficial mild microclimate and equally useful rocky ground. At present the Swiss wine like Pinot Noir reds, with their hints of cherry and other red fruit, are more convincing than the Riesling x Sylvaner (Miiller-Thurgau) whites. When the vines of the Pinot Noir come to maturity in a few years from now the expectations are quite exciting. There have also been excellent results from Pinot Gris with notes of honey, preserved, and exotic fruit.

 Jura Swiss Wine Region

Berne Swiss Wine

The canton of Berne forms the boundary between the French and Germany speaking parts of Switzerland. Most of the vineyards are in the area around the Lac de Bienne (Bielersee), to the north of Lac de Neuchâtel. The remainder of the vineyards are situated much further to the south east of the Thoune and Brienz lakes, in the area around Interlaken. The vineyards of Lac de Bienne are planted on chalk on the left bank and chalk-bearing sandstone on the right bank. The Thoune lake vineyards have underlying rock with a thin covering of soil. The vineyards also derive benefit from the föhn winds.



Chasselas dominates here too where - on chalk- bearing soil - it produces fresh and elegant wines that are slightly sparkling. The wines from the south-east shore are slightly more full and heavy but also less elegant. Drinking temperature is 8-10°C (46.4-50°F).



These are full-bodied and fruity wines that are rounded and comforting, though never ponderous. Drinking temperature is 12°C (53.6°F) with fish and 14°C (57.2°F) with meat.

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