Pinot Noir

About this grape variety

Pinot Noir is the most widely planted grape in Valais. It was introduced in the middle of the 19th century by the canton’s governing council in order to regenerate the wine industry, which was going through a period of transition. Long reflection had led to this move, which resulted in a spectacular increase in the area planted.

Note that Pinot Noir, an early harvest variety that supports both dryness and cold, was bound to succeed in Valais: it gives birth to very varied wines, reflecting the enormous diversity of the terroirs. Pinot Noir is particularly successful in the area around Salgesch/Salquenen and Sierre, with their very active chalky soils. It has also succeeded admirably on the left bank of the Rhone where the time needed to mature is somewhat longer, perfect for the development of this grape’s complexity and fresh aromas.

It provides structure, classiness and elegance to Dôle when it is blended with Gamay. Thanks  to ambitious vinification, Pinot Noir has provided some magnificent wines in recent years, especially if matured in oak when the yield has been mastered.

This has become one of the best red Valais wines whose best vintages are capable of aging well (five to eight years).


  • Nose

    Small young red fruit (strawberry, raspberry), subtlety and elegance; the fruit can be riper and offer an impression of wet leather, tobacco, dead leaves, forest floor.

  • Palate

    Intense fruity, coated with natural glycerin and noble tannins

  • Etymology

    From pine: the bunches of grapes resemble pine cones

  • Origin

    Appeared in Valais in 1848 and bore the name Dôle until 1942

  • Ancestry

    Parent-offspring relationship with Savagnin. Numerous descendants, for example Chardonnay, Gamay, etc.

Pinot Noir

1302 ha out of 4675 ha, or 27.85%

Tasting profile







Not sweet

305 wine producers cultivate this grape variety

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Their viticulture is organic. Fertilizers and irrigation are prohibited. All the work in the vineyards are done manually (topography obliges).


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Marie-Thérèse Chappaz

In 2022, a sweet white wine from Marie-Thérèse Chappaz, Grain par Grain Petite Arvine Domaine des Claives, scored 100 points on the Robert Parker scale.


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Cave de la Pinède

The winery cultivates a range of grape varieties, including Pinot Noir, Fendant, Johannisberg, and specialities such as Petite Arvine or Humagne Rouge.

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