Domaine Jean-René Germanier - Vétroz

About the winery

The winery was founded in Balavaud by Ubrain Germanier in 1896, a man passionate about wine. Later, his three sons, Francis, Paul and Charles carried on and their wines were considered among the finest in Valais. Around 1940, Francis Germanier decided to plant, along the Rhone valley, a variety of table pear called William, named after the man who selected the variety, known as Good Christian William. In 1945 a violent storm brought the entire harvest to the ground. Francis, in the face of this disaster, chose to distill the fruit. The eau-de-vie that came from this had such flavour and such a degree of harmony that Le Bon Père William was born, and the image of a pear in a bottle became mythic. It rapidly became known as one of the canton’s most recognizable specialties. The production of spirits for a long time played an important role at the domain, before grape-growing began to have a larger place starting in the 1980s.

Today, the third and fourth generations - Jean-René Germanier and his nephew Gilles Besse, both oenologists - carry on the family tradition of wine and spirits, with passion, curiosity and concern for quality. They produce wines that rank them among Switzerland's top producers, paying particular attention to local grape varieties and specialities from the unique Valais terroir. 


Domaine Jean-René Germanier


Balavaud, Route Cantonale 291

1963 Vétroz

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Château de Villa

This is the largest wine cellar in Valais, with 650 select wines and the expertise of more than 110 of the canton’s winemakers.

Plan your tasting

    Opening hours

    Monday to Thursday 8.00am - 5.30pm
    Friday 8.00am - 6.30pm
    Saturday 10.30am -5.00pm


    70 people


    DE / EN / FR

    Practical information

    Parking space

    Station: Ardon

    Bus stop: Vétroz, Ballavaud

Wine list

  • White

    • Amigne
    • Chardonnay
    • Fendant
    • Heida
    • Johannisberg
    • Petite Arvine
  • Rosé

    • Dôle Blanche
    • Rosé
  • Red

    • Cornalin
    • Dôle
    • Gamaret
    • Gamay
    • Humagne Rouge
    • Merlot
    • Pinot Noir
    • Syrah
  • Others

    • White assemblage
    • Red assemblage
    • Grand Cru
    • Sweet wine
    • Liqueur wine

Award-winning wines

  • Fendant Vétroz Les Terrasses


  • Fendant Balavaud Grand Cru


  • Heida


  • Fendant Balavaud Grand Cru


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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