All about wine in Geneva
Wine is an important industry on the shores of Lake Geneva and with their picturesque mountainous backdrop the winegrowing areas are well worth exploring, not to mention the wines. Swiss wines are light, easy to drink.
There are many opportunities to learn about and appreciate local wines, whether through festivals, open cellar weekends, wine tastings and tours or simply by walking through the beautiful vineyards
The annual open-cellars days or “Cave Ouvertes” in Geneva take place on Sunday 25th of May and it is a great introduction to the area’s wines. Around 90 cellars open their doors on this day and it is a wonderful way to spend a day with family and friends.
The kids amuse themselves running around and there are activities, as well as food stalls to accompany the tastings. The opening hours are from 10-5pm and for a one-off charge of CHF10, you will receive a pass, a map with the producers and a glass that allows you to mingle and try the different wines.
There are many different areas in Geneva to enjoy on this day out. We recommend: Dardagny, Lully, Jussy, Choulex or Russin.
Visits to wineries
Another great way to get up close and personal with local wines is by visiting one of the many independent, small and family-run wineries in the surrounding countryside at any time. Call to make an appointment.
Here are some wineries we know and like:
Cave de Geneve in Satigny (one of the biggest domaines in Geneva)
Private guided wine tours
If you’d prefer a professional guide to help you discover the peaceful landscape of Geneva's vineyards and meet some passionate and inspiring wine-makers, Geneva Tourism organises private tours, including one to the 3rd biggest vineyard in Switzerland.
Prices vary according to the number of participants.
1. Rive droite (right bank of the river Rhône)
This walk includes Meyrin, Satigny – Geneva’s largest winegrowing village, Dardagny, Céligny and Collex-Bossy and takes around 6 hours of walking ( 26km)
2. Between the rivers Arve and Rhône)
This walk is 26,5km long and will take around 7 hours of walking from La Plaine to Croix de Rozon, including the villages of Bernex, Lully, Confignon, Soral and Laconnex). It introduces the “Champagne region where many restaurants offer local products.
3. Rive gauche (left bank of the river Rhône)
This walk is slightly shorter – 19km and 4,5 hours of walking. It includes the charming, historic villages of Hermance, Meinier, Jussy and Choulex.
Short vineyard stolls
If you prefer to get out of the city for a short afternoon stroll in Geneva’s vineyards with the mountains in the background?
We recommend the following areas:
1282 Dardagny - You will find different parking areas in Dardagny
1233 Bernex - Parking area on Chemin du Signal
1254 Jussy - Parking possible in and around the village.
Buy local wines
Le Verre en Cave in Eaux-Vives offers a fine wine selection that can be bought directly in the shop or online. They offer secure payment, free delivery as of CHF250 and shipping within 48 hours. They also offer wine courses, normally for 1,5 hours for CHF39-59 for individuals or groups.
Mövenpick Wines in Meyrin offers the unusual experience of letting you taste as many wines as you wish with no time limit (neither the pressure to buy). They have an amazing selection, so you’re able to try most Geneva whites, reds and rosés under one roof. Should you need further explanations regarding a specific wine the friendly members of staff are on hand.
Le Caveau de Bacchus is very exclusive and they know their stuff, but prices are not the cheapest. Nevertheless, you are sure to find good wine, receive great service and expert information.
Wine bars in Geneva
Molard Tower in on Place du Molard (in the old days Geneva’s harbour opened up into the lake at this point). Molard Tower was built in 1591 with its original purpose being as a watch guard tower for the military over the harbour. Today it hosts a trendy wine bar and restaurant.
Lavinia, with its 450 square metres of wine cellar and more then 4000 different wines and spirits, is one of the biggest wine shops in Geneva and all the wines are available to drink at the adjoining restaurant. You are also able to order online.
The restaurant Le Rouge et le Blanc brings together an extensive wine menu of local vintages as well as varieties from abroad, accompanied by great food and stunning views of Lake Geneva, the Jura Mountains and the Jet d'Eau.
Article written by Thingstodoingeneva
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