About this grape variety

Syrah is the grape behind France’s famous Côte Rôtie and Hermitage appellations. In climbing back up the Rhone river this grape has, not surprisingly, found a second home.

It was brought to the canton in 1926 and is currently all the rage, for good reason: numerous top critics, including the European Grand Jury, are saying that the Syrahs from Valais equal the best international wines, including Syrahs from the northern Côtes du Rhône in France, Australia and California.

In Valais Syrah has a purple robe and is notable for its classy tannins. It has wonderful notes of spices, black pepper and wild berries. Powerful, elegant–the best vintages have a good aging potential of five to 10 years.

Information

  • Nose

    Aromas of spices, black pepper, cloves or nutmeg and wild berries

  • Palate

    A full-bodied, well-structured wine, distinguished tannins and crimson hue

  • Etymology

    From Latin serus which means late ripening

  • Origin

    Côtes du Rhône, introduced into Valais in 1926.

  • Ancestry

    Natural crossing of Dureza (from the Ardèche) and Mondeuse Blanche (from the Savoie)

Syrah

172.65 ha out of 4675 ha, or 3.7%

Tasting profile

Fruity

Floral

Full

Fresh

Semi-sweet

Rich

Not sweet

253 wine producers cultivate this grape variety

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wine cellars

Taste this grape variety

Bramois

13 wines from this cellar

Chai du Baron

Patrice Walpen offers a full range of traditional wines, as well as a number of the specialities for which Valais is renowned.

Visp

15 wines from this cellar

Kellerei Drei Eichen

They enjoy aromatic and fruity wines with their own specific characteristics and their methods keep the wine as natural as possible.

Savièse

13 wines from this cellar

Jacques Dumoulin

Since 1999, Jacques Dumoulin has been producing and selling wines that constantly seek to combine taste, quality and respect for the environment.

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

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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