It’s safe to say that with 1,400 hectares of rich, lush vineyards and around 90 wineries, you’re never far from a refreshing glass of wine in Geneva. Every year, nearly all of the vineyards in the canton throw open their doors for an Open Cellars Day (30th May 2015), offering tours, tastings, food and music. But many of the vineyards have shops, tastings, and introductory courses available for visitors, wine lovers, and locals all year round. With seven of the best Geneva vineyards located less than half an hour from our elegant Hotel d’Angleterre, guests will be positively spoiled for choice.
La Cave de Genève
La Cave de Genève is both nationally and internationally renowned for the quality of its wine. This vineyard has 20 spectacular varieties on offer and a whole host of gold and silver medals under its belt. Year after year, the team, led by Martin Wiederkehr, continues to set the benchmark for not only regional wines, but Swiss wines as well.
Domaine du Paradis
While in the Satigny area, make sure to visit paradise – also known as Domaine du Paradis. This sleek, sophisticated vineyard has its own scent garden and can almost claim the same level of international recognition as its Satigny cousin, La Cave de Genève. With its beautiful vaulted wine cellar and regular introductory tasting courses, this is one of the best Geneva vineyards for education and relaxation.
Domaine de Trois Etoiles
Also found in Satigny, Domaine de Trois Etoiles is known for its contribution to “L’Espirit de Genève” or “Spirit of Geneva”. Created to be an ambassador for wine in the region, this blended red wine first hit the shelves back in 2004. Each of the 19 local winemakers who make “L’Espirit de Genève” has a slightly different blend and the assembly from this vineyard in particular is well worth sampling.
Domaine des Molards
Experts in the field, the Desbaillet family have been producing wine in Geneva for over 650 years. An elegant, informal vineyard, Domaine des Molards offers fantastic tastings in their quirky bar area – just big enough for six people, step inside a converted 11,000-litre barrel for fine wines and fondue.
Domaine Chateau du Crest
Set in a historic chateaux dating back to 1220, Domaine Chateau du Crest still offers a warm and welcoming family-feel, despite the grandeur of its surroundings. An award-wining vineyard that picked up five gold and four silver medals in 2014 alone, make sure to stop by the shop on your way out.
Domaine du Centaure Claude Ramu
The wine from the 18-hectare, gold medal-winning Domaine du Centaure Claude Ramu is all produced and bottled on the estate. One of the most scenic Geneva vineyards, take in wonderful views over the chateau in Dardagny and the surrounding countryside on an amble among the vines.
Domaine des Curiades
For a taste of something truly special, pay a visit to Domaine des Curiades. The team at this vineyard pride themselves on being “wine revolutionaries” and the moniker is well earned, with plenty of fantastic new varieties and unusual assemblies on offer.
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