Autumn in Switzerland equates to wine harvest time and romantic fall foliage, as well as the cows going down from the alps to the valleys. We have listed a couple of wine experiences available in Switzerland during Autumn.
1. Wine-tasting in Basso
Since wine harvest is just around the corner, wine-tasting or even just enjoying the beautiful vineyards while walking or biking is a good way to spend an autumn day in Switzerland.
In the Mendrisiotto and Basso Ceresio region, there is a possibility to actively participate in the grape harvest. Various wine growers and wine producers can welcome visitors who want to try their hand in gathering ripe grapes from the vineyard. Afterward, they get to learn more about how wine is produced. There is also a simple meal given after the end of the activity, relaxing and enjoying the experience just shared. The best thing is that this activity is free!
2. Exploring the Pinot Noir Wine Village in Hallau
Pinot Noir is a well-loved grape in Hallau – the heart of Pinot Noir in Schaffhausen. Another popular product from this region is the sparking noble grape Rimuss. 200 winegrowers cultivate in Hallau together with Pinot Noir also Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay among others. This is one of the 20 villages included by the Federal Office for Culture and Switzerland Tourism in the inventory of sites worthy of protection. With 150 hectares, Hallau has the largest contiguous vineyard area in German-speaking Switzerland. Wine culture is omnipresent in and around this beautiful village. Not only can you partake in wine tasting in one of the wine producers. Other activities in the region also include visiting the Wine Museum, and St. Moritz mountain church, and hiking the wine panorama trail amidst the vineyards of sun-kissed Klettgau.
3. Going With the Vinifuni in Ligerz
Another popular vineyard region is the Lake Biel area. In Ligerz, a small Vinifuni goes through the vineyards up to Prêles. There is also a possibility to go from early May until the end of November on Thursday evenings between 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the Weingut Ligerz to enjoy some wines, products from the region, and other neighboring catering businesses.
4. Out and about in Bündner Herrschaft
The Bündner Herrschaft is the door to Grisons and the northernmost part of the Canton. In Autumn, it is beautiful to visit largely because of the vast vineyard in this Heidiland – stretching from Fläsch to Malans. Owing to the mild climate and ideal soil, this area is home to 42 types of vines from which a complex and refined Pinot Noir is well-known.
Darla Uhl is the owner of TouringSwitzerland.com. Her home is in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. Having lived almost 20 years in Switzerland, she's traveled extensively all over the country.
Darla's favorite regions to visit in Switzerland include Engadin, Lake Geneva, Bernese Oberland, Ticino, and Valais. She loves spending time with her family, hiking, visiting museums, and reading books.