Originally Swiss, Gamaret was obtained by blending Gamay and Reichensteiner. It was used initially to give colour to blended wines but stands out as an excellent red in its own right. Dense and richly coloured, it develops dark fruit flavours and slightly spicy tannins on the palate.
Developed by the Agroscope Changins-Wädenswil (ACW) research unit, Mara, like Gamaret and Garanoir, derives from a blend of Gamay and Reichensteiner. It is considered an early-harvest variety and would appear to be well suited to less exposed wine-growing areas. Mara can produce original, full-bodied and colourful wines with notes of red fruit and spices.
Servagnin was introduced to the Morges region over 600 years ago and was the first Pinot Noir grown in Switzerland. Aged in oak casks, the wine produced by this grape reveals notes of bark and woodland berries. To obtain the Servagnin appellation, vines must be grown exclusively in the Morges wine-growing area and producers are subject to extremely strict regulations.
Cabernet Franc is a variety with great aromatic finesse, characterised by its rich and spicy bouquet. Depending on the soil in which it is grown, its nose brings to mind the aroma of raspberries, violets or liquorice. It is used mainly for the preparation of Vaud blends and has good ageing qualities.
Used traditionally in the Bordeaux region, Merlot is cultivated today in all major wine-growing countries. Derived from the Cabernet family, it owes it success to its intense, dark colour, sometimes even verging on black. Its roundness reveals smooth tannins combined with flavours of woodland berries and chocolate. It is particularly well suited to the climate and soil of La Côte.
Well represented in Switzerland, Garanoir was created in the region around Pully (near Lausanne) in the 1970s. A blend of Gamay and Reichensteiner, it has very attractive qualities, such as the colour it gives the wine, its early harvesting, and its proven resistance to rot.
Galotta produces powerful, colourful, full-bodied wines with a fine bouquet and rich in good quality tannins, which makes them highly recommended for blending.
Gamay is a generous variety developing fruity, peppery aromas, and is wonderfully full-flavoured. Originally from the Beaujolais region, its bouquet develops well when grown in clay-rich or granite-rich soil. Considered until now as a light wine, it is increasingly receiving the attention it deserves.