About this grape variety

Its excellent reputation in the Lower Valais, around Fully and Martigny, is linked to the presence of granite, much as is the case with grand cru wines from Beaujolais.

This is a variety that is moderately vigorous and that ripens early. It gives purple-coloured wines that are very aromatic and high-spirited, with notes of red fruits and spices; it is fresh and very drinkable. Vinified on its own this is the flavourful par excellence wine of good cheer.

Blended with Pinot Noir, it becomes Dôle, known as a lively and fresh wine, intensely fruity.


  • Nose

    Fresh, young fruit featuring raspberry or strawberry

  • Palate

    Intense young fruit, no heaviness, with supple tannins and a sustained acidity

  • Origin

    Gamay, like Pinot Noir from which it is a genetic mutation, was introduced into the canton during the major restructuring that went on in the 19th century


474 ha out of 4675 ha, or 10.14%

Tasting profile






Not sweet

252 wine producers cultivate this grape variety

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6 wines from this cellar

Coeur de Vigne par Véronique Ançay

Véronique Ançay works according to the O Bio specifications, the Swiss federal ordinance, and the Bud label, as well as with biodynamic practices.


13 wines from this cellar

Cave Cédric Briguet

In 2018 Cédric Briguet took over the cellar in his family name. His favourite vintage is Fendant or Chasselas for purists.


18 wines from this cellar

Cave Fin Bec

Le côté cosmopolite du Rhône inspire la cave pour créer des vins valaisans exceptionnels, comprenant des assemblages, des classiques, des spécialités et des vins mousseux.

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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