About this grape variety

Sylvaner, known as Johannisberg in Valais, is the second most widely planted white grape variety in Valais. It is sensitive to disease and cold, but is nevertheless a vigorous plant.

Sylvaner is so at home on soil that is light, schistose and gravelly, in particular on dejection cones, that cantonal legislation dictates where it can be planted. It is ready to harvest slightly later than Chasselas.

Its potential for aging and for developing greater complexity are startlingly good—well beyond 20 years!


  • Nose

    The wine has notes of infused flowers with a background of orchard fruits and almonds.

  • Palate

    It exhibits good vinosity and a voluptuous mouthfeel. The pleasant bitterness of almonds lingers, while a soft fullness wraps around the bitterness. The fruit flavours can tend towards pineapple if the grapes are fully ripe. The wine, low in acidity, is supple, smooth. Made as a dry or sweet wine.

  • Origin

    It originated in Austria but has been planted mainly on the banks of the Rhine in Germany. It came to the Rhone valley in the middle of the 19th century.


314 ha out of 4675 ha, or 6.72%

Tasting profile







Not sweet

248 wine producers cultivate this grape variety

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In Valais, Johannisberg is identical to Sylvaner, from the Latin word silva, or forest, a reference to its supposed wild origin.

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21 wines from this cellar

Cave des Bouquetins

Romain, an attentive winegrower, oversees the management of the vineyard, which has 13 grape varieties that Isaline produces wines.


10 wines from this cellar

Luisier Vin

Based on Clement Luisier's beliefs and a love of nature, the winery has been converting to certified organic production since the beginning of 2021.


24 wines from this cellar

Domaine Mettaz

Philippe and Véronyc Mettaz readapted the grape varieties to the different terroirs and now cultivate 12 varieties grown on 30 plots over eight hectares.

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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