About this grape variety

When we talk about Paien, called Heida in Upper Valais, we’re referring to the Valais name given to the white wine that comes from the Savagnin grape–which is also known as Traminer.

Gewurztraminer is a genetic mutation of this grape. It was at first grown on slopes near Visperterminen, up to 1,100 metres altitude, making these some of the highest vines in Europe.

Today this variety is being more widely planted, in French-speaking Valais as well in German-speaking areas.


  • Nose

    Gently aromatic with wild, rustic notes; dired-out rye bread, dried fruit, citruses and exotic fruits.

  • Palate

    Good length and associated vinosity, refreshing liveliness and structure. Sustained acidity. Can be consumed young, as well as after a few years in the cellar.

  • Origin

    The first recorded mention of it in Valais was in the middle of the 16th century in the minutes of a meeting in the Visp (Viège) district, but it is likely that it was grown in the region much earlier. Its name implies that it appeared before Christianity.


212.5 ha out of 4675 ha, or 4.5%

Tasting profile






Not sweet

181 wine producers cultivate this grape variety

Find a cellar

Heida means very old, ancient, from pagan times, hence the French translation Païen. In Valais, Heida is identical to Savagnin, whose name may stem from the French word sauvage, meaning wild, referring to the wild vine.

wine cellars

Taste this grape variety


18 wines from this cellar

Maison Les Vignettes

35 grape varieties in cultivation, 32 wines produced, as well as several local gourmet items, render this special cellar typical of Valais.


21 wines from this cellar

Cave de St-Romain

The winery is run by brothers Gino and Raoul Travelletti, whose products you can sample at the family café.


17 wines from this cellar

Cave Etienne et Raoul Taramarcaz

Etienne Taramarcaz has two favourite wines : Gamay for the reds, an extraordinary bouquet and Arvine for the whites, a noble, full-bodied and virile wine.

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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