A small but excellent vintage for Swiss wines

The Swiss wine harvest was of excellent quality in 2010, but smaller grapes meant less wine could be made, says the Federal Agriculture Office.

This content was published on January 10, 2011 - 17:02 and agencies

Production sank 7.8 per cent to 1.03 million hectolitres last year, the Agriculture Office said in a statement.

“The maturity of the harvest, the sugar concentration and the balance between alcohol and acidity are remarkable,” it said. “But the quantity of the harvest is less satisfactory.”

The winter was hard but followed by a mild spring, explained the Agriculture Office. But rain put a halt to the development of vines, resulting in smaller and more undeveloped grapes.

Luckily, summer conditions were perfect for grapes to mature which allowed them to be harvested at exactly the right time.

Swiss wines are mainly consumed within the country.

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