About this grape variety

It matures late, is a capricious and even very capricious grape during production—it’s not difficult to understand why it was nearly abandoned at the start of the 20th century. Fortunately the perseverance and patience of several growers and producers, true visionaries, have made it possible for us to drink these wines today. This is a wine that has an incredibly deep cherry red colour with rich purple high-lights. Cornalin has a fruity strength that is out of the ordinary, and when it is young it is almost impudent. It borders on the wild, with a body that is both energetic and vinous, tonic and very fresh.

This is beyond doubt the greatest of the Valais reds, with its notes of spicy clove and fruity black cherry. It is delicious, with strong fruitiness when drunk young, but as it ages and calms down its takes on a remarkable smoothness that is both elegant and classy. It becomes the perfect companion for all strong meats, such as game.


  • Nose

    Spicy and fruity black cherry notes

  • Palate

    Intense, long, smooth fruit with an elegant mouthfeel and a well-developed tannic structure

  • Origin

    Cornalin is a cross between two Valdotan grape varieties. The first recorded mention of it was at the start of the 14th century.


161 ha out of 4675 ha, or 3.45%

Tasting profile







Not sweet

217 wine producers cultivate this grape variety

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Other names: Landroter, Rouge du Pays

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12 wines from this cellar

Cave Biber

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La Tornale

Respect for the terroir and the authenticity of the grape variety are the hallmarks of La Tornale, guaranteeing lively and personalised wines.

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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