About this grape variety

Merlot is among those varieties that ripen somewhat late. It is grown in virtually all major wine-producing areas, including Valais.

It prefers vine parcels that are not too dry. Its ideal growing conditions are clay soils, often at the base of slopes.

It is a charming wine on its own but when blended with others the body and suaveness it offers are incomparable.


  • Nose

    Notes of roast coffee, espresso and burnt cherry

  • Palate

    Supple, suave tannins, deep ruby hue with violet streaks, vinous character featuring aromas of wild berries and chocolate

  • Origin

    It comes from the Cabernet family and was introduced into Ticino in 1907.


145 ha out of 4675 ha, or 3.1%

Tasting profile







Not sweet

173 wine producers cultivate this grape variety

Find a cellar

From the French word Merle meaning blackbird—a bird which particulary likes berries

wine cellars

Taste this grape variety


28 wines from this cellar

Cave du Paradou

Twenty-eight grape varieties are cultivated separately and offer a wide assortment, from dry and aromatic white wines to dessert wines from late harvests.


13 wines from this cellar

Benoît Dorsaz Viticulteur

This organic winegrower applies the same philosophy in the cellar, allowing the wines to develop the characteristics that best define their vintage.


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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