About this grape variety

Chardonnay was introduced to Valais during the 1920s and for a long time it was grown in order to have a wine that is full-bodied, ripe and slightly sweet in the mouth. It is the most widely grown white variety in the world.

Over time tastes changed and drier wines became popular; Chardonnay was gradually picked earlier in order to create wines that are fresh, with notes of white fruits and infusion flowers. These wines are often matured in barrel, as is done in Burgundy.

Chardonnay has another role in Valais: it is used as the main grape in bubbly wines.

The grape needs less time to ripen than many other varieties, which means it can be grown near the tops of slopes in some areas


  • Nose

    Toast and melted butter, hazelnut, exotic fruit, pineapple and pear, and citrus

  • Palate

    A lively, well-rounded wine

  • Origin

    Disseminated in Burgundy and Champagne by monks in the 16th century. Introduced to Valais in 1921


68.5 ha out of 4675 ha, or 1.47%

108 wine producers cultivate this grape variety

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Taste this grape variety


19 wines from this cellar

Cave La Cigale - Christophe et Sylvain Dorsaz

The winemaking expertise of Christophe and Sylvain Dorsaz plays a fundamental role in the production of great wines.


25 wines from this cellar

La Siseranche

Today, Maurice Giroud and his nephew Ludovic Favre offer 30 different wines produced from a 6-hectare estate.


13 wines from this cellar

Cave du Verseau - Stéphane Clavien

La Cave du Verseau has made considerable developments in barrel ageing in recent years.

Your tasting profile

Select your favourite type of wine or indicate what you are looking for in a wine and find out which Valais wine is right for you.

apricots, citrus fruits, exotic or red fruits, almonds, etc.Fruity

violet, elder, lime, rose, etc.Floral

low in alcohol, low in tanninsLight


intense alcohol, acidity and aromasFull

dominated by acid, which gives the wine a fresh appearanceCrisp


without acidity, round, smoothSoft

no residual sugarDry


mellow wine, fairly supple, fleshyRich

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