Valais is a canton and region in southern Switzerland and is that country’s largest wine region. Valais joined Switzerland in 1815. It’s home to the pyramid-shaped Matterhorn mountain, upscale Alpine resorts and upper Rhône River Valley vineyards. The resort town of Zermatt, at the foot of the Matterhorn, offers numerous ski slopes and hiking on old mule traders’ routes. It’s also a starting point for the scenic Glacier Express train. In the east is the huge Aletsch Glacier.

Capital: Sion.

Terroir: Valais ‘is an extension of the upper Rhône Valley with very steep south-facing schist vineyards,’ (Paolo Basso, 2017).

Wineries

Certified organicMythopia.

Bibliography

Paolo Basso, Decanter World Wine Awards 2017 issue, p.282.