About this grape variety

Typical mountain varieties that used to be grown throughout the Alps and is now a rare speciality of Valais.

Until recently, plantings of Rèze were thought to be confined to Valais. However, Michel Grisard and José Vouillamoz discovered around a dozen old Rèze vines in Savoie in 2008, some of which have unfortunately now disappeared. At the around same time, Gaël Delorme also came across some vines in the French Jura.

Until the end of the 19th century, Rèze was one of the most widespread grape varieties around. Furthermore, Rèze was used to make the legendary "Vin du Glacier" in the Anniviers Valley.

Information

  • Nose

    Gooseberry, green apple and elderflower aromas

  • Palate

    Lively acidity, with resiny flavours that develop with age; light mouthfeel

  • Etymology

    From Regis, surname often associated with wine production in Valais

  • Origin

    Rèze, along with Humagne Blanc, is one of Switzerland’s oldest grape varieties. In Valais, the names of both grapes date back to 1313 in the Registre d’Anniviers—a series of parchments that mention a form of payment in kind ("redevance en raisins mûrs d’humagny et de regy").

  • Ancestry

    Numerous descendants in the Alps, for example Grosse Arvine in Valais, Cascarolo in Piedmont, Nosiola in Trentino, etc.

Rèze

4.6 ha out of 4675 ha, or 0.1%

Tasting profile

Fruity

Floral

Medium-bodied

Fresh

Dry

Not sweet

19 wine producers cultivate this grape variety

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Saillon

21 wines from this cellar

Cave Raymond

Today, Jhonatan Raymond rents a 5-hectare estate with a high proportion of specialities from his father.

Salquenen

34 wines from this cellar

Fernand Cina

Owners of 20 hectares, Manfred und Damian Cina offer an extensive range of 40 wines made from Valais grape varieties, speciality wines and various blends.

Sierre

23 wines from this cellar

Cave du Vieux Village - Monnet Vins

From the vine to the glass, Jean-Pierre Monnet and his son Lionel combine tradition and innovation to produce high-quality wines.

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apricots, citrus fruits, exotic or red fruits, almonds, etc.Fruity

violet, elder, lime, rose, etc.Floral

low in alcohol, low in tanninsLight

Medium-bodied

intense alcohol, acidity and aromasFull

dominated by acid, which gives the wine a fresh appearanceCrisp

Fresh

without acidity, round, smoothSoft

no residual sugarDry

Semi-sweet

mellow wine, fairly supple, fleshyRich

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