June 26, 2014 | By Travel Bug |
The Lake Geneva Region grows unusual grapes like Chasselas and Gamay, creating a unique and flourishing wine culture. Winemaker Cyril Séverin, owner of the Domaine du Daley, takes us to his vineyard and this beautiful part of Switzerland.
What makes a great wine?
The grapes. Well balanced, not too big, not burned by the sunshine. The top wines have to be worked by hand on the vine as in the cellar.
Your vineyard was founded in 1392, what does that mean to you?
We are the oldest brand in Switzerland. It pushes us to improve and express through our wines our tradition and respect for this place.
How would you describe your wines?
We try to give the best elegance and finesse to all our 22 wines. Each wine is only produced in 1,000 to 8,000 bottles. Quite special.
Do you have a special seasonal wine?
The Chasselas or Gamay are very nice in spring or summer. Viognier is more enjoyable in autumn and winter.
Your wines are unfiltered, how does that affect the experience?
We call them “alive wines”. No filtration, no treatments on the wines, gives an authentic expression of the structures. They are more emotional wines.
What will surprise us on a tour of your vineyard?
The view! This region of Lavaux is a steep hillside of terraces facing south to Lake Geneva, a UNESCO World Heritage since 2007. You can see Lausanne to Geneva, and even France.
Can you recommend any restaurants or bars that we should visit?
Flon and St-Pierre are good areas in Lausanne. Au Chat Noir is my favourite restaurant. It’s a fine-dining brasserie with lots of surprises.
One thing every Canadian should do here?
Visit in the summertime. We have a lot of music festivals and Lake Geneva is like a Swiss seaside.
What’s next for the Domaine du Daley?
To bring Swiss wines to the world.