About this grape variety

Chasselas is considered by some to be a specifically Swiss grape, or at least to have come from the Lake Geneva region, but one thing is certain: nowhere else produces Chasselas wines of such subtlety and complexity.

An early and vigorous plant, Chasselas is noted for its ability to adapt to many soils and micro-climates, expressing to the full the subtle particularity of each terroir.

Chasselas is the perfect aperitif wine, sometimes slightly fizzy and always light and airy. Appreciated at all social occasions



  • Nose

    Floral aspect tending towards lime tree; can be fruity with a mineral character (flint, hazelnut) due to the terroir. This calls to mind the vineyard in flower, dry, gently crumbly, expresses the various terroirs well.

  • Palate

    Often very slightly bubbly, always playful, light and easy to drink, all of which makes it the perfect aperitif wine and just right for any occasion when people get together. The fruit tends towards lemon or well-ripened apple.

  • Origin

    It is called Fendant in Valais because of a particular feature of the ripe grape: the skin and pulp melt when pressed gently between fingers. The wine’s popularity rose dramatically in the middle of the 19th century thanks to government support. Today it is the second most planted grape variety, after Pinot Noir. It is French-speaking Switzerland’s most characteristic wine.


768 ha out of 4675 ha, or 16.42%

Tasting profile






Not sweet

305 wine producers cultivate this grape variety

Find a cellar

The name Fendant refers to a type of Chasselas whose berries split (as opposed to spurt) when squeezed between the fingers.

wine cellars

Taste this grape variety


11 wines from this cellar

Denis Mercier

The skilfully crafted wines of Madeleine, Anne-Catherine and Denis Mercier take you off the beaten track for a moment of sheer bliss.


24 wines from this cellar

Tenud Weine

The entire selection of vines is vinified and only sold as bottled vintages. The 13 different grape varieties produce 23 fine and fruity wines.


18 wines from this cellar

Domaine Angelus - Famille Fumeaux

Charles-Albert Fumeaux and his family are available for visits to the estate or for tastings.

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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