Grand Prix du Vin Suisse co-organisers VINEA Association and Vinum magazine are delighted to announce the 2018 edition of the leading competition for Swiss wines, to be held June 25th – 30th. No less than 2867 wines will be tasted in Sierre by 158 judges, and there are 32 more entries than in last year’s competition, despite the fact that the 2017 harvest was the lowest in 40 years.
The VINEA Swiss Wine Fair – one of Switzerland’s longest-standing wine tasting events – celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Just over two months before the opening date, the organisers are delighted to reveal the event’s anniversary poster and a detailed programme including themed workshops, exclusive tastings and a range of cultural and gastronomic highlights, as well as evening parties with music.
Au coeur du printemps, l’Association VINEA poursuit ses activités de manière dynamique et qualitative, comme l’aurait souhaité Elisabeth Pasquier.
Avril, mai et juin sont des mois riches en concours : Mondial du Merlot, Mondial des Pinots, sélection des vins du Swiss Food Festival de Zermatt et Grand Prix du Vin suisse occupent nos équipes à cette période. Nous vous rappelons également la tenue de la 25 édition anniversaire du Salon VINEA des Vins suisses, les 31 août et 1er septembre prochains à Sierre.
VINEA s’oriente également vers le futur et recherche son futur directeur ou sa future directrice, qui sera en charge d’assumer la gestion générale de l’association en collaboration avec l’ensemble du comité, la directrice technique Emeline Zufferey et l’équipe administrative emmenée par Barbara Pointet et Nathalie Franzé.
It is with great sadness that VINEA Association announces the passing of Elisabeth Pasquier, director of VINEA Association, during a trip overseas.
The Association’s members, committee, co-workers, partners and friends of VINEA express their heartfelt condolences to Elisabeth’s family and in particular to her husband François and their children Nicolas, Léa and Nathalie.
Swiss wine in 48 portraits
Every year since 2015 VINEA publishes a brochure showcasing around 50 wine producers chosen from amongst the 500 Swiss growers featured on the VINEA Swiss Wine app. The 4th edition of the brochure presents 48 new faces from the Swiss wine scene; like the VINEA Swiss Wine app, it is a free promotional tool made available to Swiss wine enthusiasts thanks to the support of OPAG and Swiss Wine Promotion.
The first edition of “VINEA on tour Geneva” will be held on Tuesday February 27 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel from 4pm to 8pm.
27 well-known producers from all over Switzerland (all VINEA association members) will present their best wines on this occasion. Some bouchées made and a selection of quality cheeses will be served to accompany these exceptional wines.
It is a great opportunity to discover the diversity and excellence of wines from across Switzerland.
This event is free with prior registration.
This prestige-wines tasting, offered in 3 languages (EN-DE-FR) and run by Paolo Basso, world’s Best Sommelier 2013 will be held as part of the 25th anniversary edition of Salon VINEA.
Don’t miss this opportunity to discover 12 of the rarest Swiss wines in the majestic Château Mercier. The wines come from across the country including German-speaking Switzerland, Ticino, Neuchâtel, Geneva, Vaud and Valais.
This will be a unique blind winetasting and some bouchées made by Château Mercier’s Chef will be served.
Tickets for this unique tasting can be purchased for CHF 250.-/person (swiss wine faire entrance included). Limited availability.
ADVENT OFFER: Book your ticket before the 07.01.2018 and get 10% discount
The stars of the Swiss wine scene were announced at the Gala dinner held in Bern, attended by Switzerland’s major players. Of the 78 short-listed wines from across the country, 39 were award winners, carrying off the first, second and third place prizes given for each of the 13 categories.
This year, all of Switzerland’s wine regions won awards, with canton Valais winning 6 of the competition’s 13 categories. Les Frères Dutruy (Founex, VD) took the highly-coveted prize of Swiss Winery of the Year 2017. The Organic prize was won by Reynald Parmelin (Begnins, VD), with the two Vinissimo awards won by Vinigma Gmbh (Basel, BS) for white wine, and Piccola Vigna (Coldrerio, TI) for the red.
36 well-known producers (all VINEA association members) will present their best wines on this occasion. More than 200 wines coming from across Switzerland will be presented.
Some bouchées made by Widder Hotel and a selection of quality cheeses will be served to accompany these exceptional wines.
Follow this great opportunity to discover the diversity and excellence of wines from across Switzerland, under one roof.
The 2017 edition of the VINEA Swiss Wine Fair closed its doors after three very successful days during which the many visitors discovered the fair’s new features. The inclement weather did not dampen the spirits of the 6350 visitors who attended the 24th VINEA Swiss Wine Fair and the producers declared themselves satisfied, notably by the quality of the attendance and the presence of younger wine enthusiasts from across French-speaking Switzerland. The event’s new features – in particular the Tasting Workshops – met with great success. The 25th edition of the fair will take place from August 30 – September 1, 2018.
The international scope of the competition is once again apparent, with nearly 1,300 wines from 25 countries registered. Six Great Gold medals, a record, were awarded today within the grounds of the splendid Château Mercier in Sierre. They were given to four Swiss wines, a New Zealand wine and one from Germany. An indication of the clear success of Swiss Pinot Noir wines: they carried away more than two-thirds of the gold medals.
For the first time, lovers of this grape variety – that is so good at revealing the terroir where it is grown and is so widely cultivated around the world – will have the chance to taste these newly named award-winning wines during the first Festival of Pinot Wines. The event takes place Thursday evening 31 August, as part of the opening ceremonies for the Vinea Swiss Wine Fair. It follows the awards ceremony and is under the direction of Claude Frôté, starred Saint-Blaise chef, the public face of the Semaine du Goût 2017. He is also a Pinot Noir producer, and a great fan of this wine.
The 78 wines competing for the 39 Grand Prix du Vin Suisse trophies are now known, with the shortlist made up of the six wines (gold and silver medal winners) nominated across the competition’s 13 categories now revealed. For the 2017 edition, over 2840 wines from 511 producers were tasted in Sierre by 170 judges over a six-day period. Once again, this national competition has illustrated the incredible support it receives from Switzerland’s growers, as well as the diversity and outstanding quality of their wines. The names of Switzerland’s 2017 wine stars will be revealed on October 31, 2017.
VINEA and Paolo Basso have selected 15 rare, exceptional cuvées which illustrate the outstanding quality of wine made in Switzerland. These wines come from across the country including German-speaking Switzerland, Ticino, Neuchâtel, Geneva, Vaud and Valais.
Wine lovers will be able to taste five whites, nine reds and one late harvest wine made by leading producers. VINEA is proud to present this exceptional line up of outstanding Swiss wines.
This will be a blind winetasting and some bouchées made by Château Mercier will be served.
The list of wines to be tasted is available on the flyer of the event. Tickets for this unique tasting can be purchased for CHF 300.-/person from the VINEA Swiss Wine Fair ticket office. Limited availability.
On Saturday September 2nd, World’s Best Sommelier and VINEA supporter Paolo Basso will present fifteen Iconic Swiss Wines, chosen as outstanding examples of Switzerland’s production, to an audience of wine enthusiasts. The theme of the traditional opening conference on Friday morning, September 1st (the first day of the VINEA Swiss Wine Fair) will be: “AOP-IGP: whither Swiss wines?”
VINEA, one of the first wine tasting fairs created in Switzerland that has now become a veritable institution, is introducing several new features for the 2017 fair. The event will no longer be limited to a wine tasting fair but will create a full wine experience in the town of Sierre. Visit the Rilke Foundation or the Valais Wine Museum, enjoy cinema centred around wine, themed workshops and tastings of high-prestige wines – all part of this 24th VINEA Wine Fair.
The fair: 1 and 2 September, explore more than 800 wines from throughout Switzerland
Visitors keen to take advantage of the rich and varied programme can buy their tickets as of today in VINEA’s online shop – and benefit from special prices available to those who buy before 20 August. Entry tickets for the wine fair are just CHF23 instead of CHF30 for tickets bought at the door. Workshop reservations can also be made at special rates, but note that the number of places is limited and first come, first served!
Thanks to the VINEAtech tasting software (a powerful, upgradeable programme for tablets which is recognised by competition organisers and judges alike, available in 5 languages – namely FR, EN, DE, IT, SP, VINEA Association is now a leader within the field of wine competitions.
This year two new competitions have decided to switch over to computerisation using VINEA tablets. In May, in Tramento (Italy), the Città del Vino Sienne will computerise the judging of the Selezione del Sindaco. In June, VINEA tablets will be used by judges of the Citadelles du Vin competition in Bordeaux for the very first time.
With the Etoiles du Valais competition run by the Interprofession de la Vigne et du Vin du Valais, The International Wein Prämierung in Zurich (Expovina), Les Grands Vins Blancs du Monde (Strasbourg) and the Mondial des Vins Extrêmes (Aosta), VINEA Association has become THE european reference for IT management of wine competitions.
2nd Festival of Award-Winning Merlots
The 2017 edition of the Mondial du Merlot et Assemblages is set for success, due to take place from April 21-23 in the heart of the Valais wine region in Sierre (Switzerland) with Paolo Basso, World’s Best Sommelier 2013 as its president. Over 450 samples from 235 wineries will be judged by 25 international tasters, with the results revealed on May 17 in Zurich at the awards ceremony. The 2nd Festival of Award-Winning Merlots will also be held on the same day, giving the winning producers a showcase in which to present their products at the very centre of the most important Swiss markets.
If you love Merlot wines, Merlot-based blends, and even white Merlot, this event is for you! Register here
For the second time, VINEA Association (organiser of the Mondial du Merlot & Assemblages) is holding a tasting of this competition’s award-winning wines. Around forty producers from Switzerland and other contries will be pouring their award-winning wine, as well as a second wine of their choice. Light snacks will be served with these exceptional wines.
Two seminars in german and french entitled “Tour du monde des vins primés au Mondial Merlot et Assemblages 2017” will be held at 3pm and 5pm. there are 30 places at each seminar und sign up will be on a first come, first served basis.
For the first time ever, some 2016 Mondial des Pinots awarded wines were presented to a large panel of Pinots experts and specialists last March 11th and 12th in Bad Neunahr (Germany).
“This event entirely done for Pinot noir is the ideal place to present our competition and to invite the present producers to enter the competition” says Michael Balmer, member of the board of the VINEA committee, during the Symposium.
More than 50 wine producers coming from Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland, South Africa, New Zealand and the United States took the opportunity to promote their wines for two days.
The awarded Gran Maestro du Mondial des Pinots 2016 “Pinot Noir Schloss Halbturn (Austria) was part of the wines poured during the Pinot Excellence Gala Dinner where outstanding food creation were presented.
VINEA Association presented a review of its 2016 activities at its Annual General Meeting. The Association remains true to its aim of being a dynamic, multi-skilled player promoting Swiss wines, and a leader in the organisation of wine competitions. The first edition of VINEA On Tour held in Zurich lived up to members’ expectations and thus the committee plans to repeat and further develop this event. After more than seven years as president of the Association, François Murisier handed over the baton to David Genolet, director of FVS Group.
Swiss wine in 60 portraits
Since 2015, VINEA has published a brochure each year featuring 60 producers chosen from amongst the 500 Swiss companies included in the VINEA Swiss Wine app. VINEA’s third brochure presents a fascinating mosaic of Swiss wine craftspeople. The VINEA brochure and app are two promotional tools which are available completely free of charge, showcasing the men and women who are proudly carrying forward Swiss viticulture.
The first edition of “VINEA on tour” was held on Monday November 21st at the Metropol (Zurich), in the heart of some of Swiss wine’s most important markets. Thirty-five well-known producers (all VINEA association members) presented their wines to an audience of Swiss wine trade members and wine enthusiasts, and two workshops featuring award-winning Pinots and Merlots were enjoyed by fans of these grape varieties. Given the success of this first edition in Switzerland, VINEA Association plans to organise others across the country.
The winners of the best of Swiss wines were honoured during a gala event that took place in Bern, attended by the key actors in the Swiss wine world. The 73 finalist wines came from throughout the country; 36 of them were awarded first, second or third place prizes. Wines from canton Valais did particularly well this year, winning half of the competition’s 12 categories. The Swiss Winery of the Year 2016 is Regence Balavaud in Vétroz (Valais) and the title Decade Winery 2007-2016 has again gone to Diego Mathier in Salquenen (Valais). The BIO prize for organic wine was awarded to Reynald Parmelin in Begnins (Vaud). The two Vinissimo prizes for white and red wines went to, respectively, Cave Corbassière in Saillon, Valais and Lampert’s Weingut Heidelberg in Maienfeld (Graubünden).
The updated version of the VINEA Swiss Wines app is available via the App Store and Google Play. Download or update the app on your smartphone and keep up to date with news from the Swiss wine scene. Shown by a new icon, this is where you can find the results of the Grand Prix du Vin Suisse 2016 (including tasting notes for the finalist wines and special prize winners), plus 500 wineries described and listed. All the information is available free, and in three languages. What more could one ask for?
For the first time ever, VINEA (the organiser of the VINEA Swiss Wine Fair) goes on the road. 35 renowned producer-members of the VINEA Association will wait for you for a unique swiss wines tasting. More details here.
The VINEA Swiss wine fair closed on a high note yesterday in Sierre. The largest showcase for Swiss wines featured 150 producers and welcomed 7100 highly enthusiastic wine fans. The new layout with stands closely grouped together in the town streets meant that it was easier for the public to talk to the growers, which was noted and appreciated by the latter.
A showcase for Swiss wines, the VINEA Swiss Wine Fair brings together around 150 producers (70 individuals and 80 working together in associations) to present their very best wines. Once again, a number of events will be organised during this year’s fair, including a walkaround tasting of the prize-winning Pinot and Merlot wines from the two international competitions organised by VINEA, and a guided tour of the fair for 18-25 year-olds. A new feature this year is the organic wine conference that will be held before the opening of the fair.
We are delighted to invite you to the free conference entitled “ORGANIC WINES: an opportunity for Swiss wines?” to be held on Friday September 2nd at HES-SO Valais (Sierre), at the start of the VINEA Swiss Wine Fair. More details here.
To celebrate the launch of our new website we are offering the chance to win 10 pairs of tickets for the VINEA Swiss Wine Fair as well as Regionalps day passes (valid from St-Gingolph to Brigue). Enter the competition!
We are delighted to reveal the new poster for the 23rd edition of the VINEA Swiss Wine Fair, to be held this year on September 2nd and 3rd, in Sierre. For further information.
Over 170 experienced wine judges will gather in Sierre this week to taste the 2900 wines entered in the 10th edition of the Grand Prix du Vin Suisse. The awards ceremony will take place on October 26th, 2016 in Bern, at the Gala du Grand Prix du Vin Suisse. Book your tickets now.
VINEA association has revamped its website, with advances in technology and its visitors’ needs in mind. Enjoy, and please share via your networks!