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OUR WINES & OUR REGION

In southwestern Switzerland, the Valais region lies within the heart of the Swiss Alps, not far from the French and Italian borders. The Valais is known for its dry, continental climate as well as the significant elevation of its mountain slopes, both of which make it a perfect environment for growing grapes. The Valais is the largest wine-producing region in Switzerland, although better known to outsiders for its snow, world-class ski resorts, and beautiful natural landscape. It is also aptly called “the Valley of the Sun” given its abundance of sunshine year-round. The vineyards of the Valais typically face south, and the dry autumn weather is ideal for maturing all types of grape varieties. The high elevation provides cold nights and large diurnal shifts that help to build solid acidity levels and give freshness and crispness to the wines.

The tradition of viticulture and winemaking in the Valais dates back many centuries and continues to remain a way of life for the Valaisans. Vineyards blanket the majority of hillsides surrounding the region’s towns, and many families own their own small plots that they cultivate each year. The Valais is known as some of the most fertile ground in Switzerland for growing all of its indigenous grapes as well as a number of international varieties, including Pinot Noir, which thrives in this terroir.


The Caves du Paradis winery and vineyards are located in the township of Sierre at the center of Switzerland’s Valais region. Winemaker Olivier Roten is the third generation in his family to produce wine in this mountainous area along the Rhone River. The Roten family’s vision has always been to preserve traditional grape varieties and to ensure that their wines reflect the unique alpine terroir in which they are grown.

Olivier Roten studied viticulture at a renowned agricultural school in Switzerland after completing a Political Science degree at the University of Fribourg. Knowing that he wanted to follow in footsteps of his father and grandfather as a wine grower and winemaker, he applied to the Organisation Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin (O.I.V.) to obtain a Master’s of Science degree in Wine Science and Management. Olivier completed the O.I.V. program, which included visits to more than 30 winemaking countries around the world, and then returned to the Valais to take over day-to-day operations at the Caves du Paradis alongside his father and their talented team. While implementing new techniques and approaches, Olivier remains true to the core family philosophy of using sustainable farming practices and intervening as little as possible in the winery to produce high-quality wines that express the unique terroir of this special corner of the Valais.

 
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AVALANCHE WHITE

FENDANT AOC Valais

Avalanche White is a light and crisp white wine made from Chasselas grapes. Floral on the nose, it's a really refreshing wine to the palate with a bit of carbondioxide. The one and only true withe wine for a Valaisan!

GRAPE VARIETAL: Chasselas

REGION Valais, Switzerland
APPELLATION AOC Valais – Coteaux Sierre & Salquenen 100% Fendant
SOIL Sandy limestone soils
VINEYARD ELEVATION 550 – 800 m

ALCOHOL 12.3%
VITICULTURE Hand harvested


WINE MAKING Grapes are whole cluster pressed. The wine goes through fermentation in concrete tanks at controlled temperatures. Thereafter, the wine undergoes partial malolactic fermentation and is then aged for one year in concrete tanks before bottling.

PAIRING: Perfect with appetizers, cheese, fondue, Raclette (Valaisan!), mushrooms, soup, fish (sushi!), shellfish and any light pasta. Also ideal for an aperitif with friends!

 

AVALANCHE RED

PINOT NOIR AOC Valais

Pinot Noir is king in this part of the Valais known as the "Coteaux de Sierre". It loves the rich limestone and active chalk soils that allow it to express itself in the best way. It has become known as one of the best expressions of a red wine produced in the Valais region. Grown in the high elevation slopes, the Avalanche Pinot Noir is cristalline with balance, finesse and clarity, just like a day spent amongst snowcapped peaks. It can be described as elegant, classy and well structured.

REGION Valais, Switzerland
APPELLATION AOC Valais – Coteaux Sierre & Salquenen

VARIETALS 100% Pinot Noir

ALCOHOL 13.0%


SOIL Sandy limestone soils
VINEYARD ELEVATION 550 – 800 m
VITICULTURE Sustainable management, Hand harvested


 WINE MAKING: Undergoes fermentation in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures between five and seven days. The wine is then aged for one year in concrete tanks before bottling.

PAIRING: Pairs beautifully with poultry, game, mushrooms, pasta dishes as well as with grilled meats, not to mention ideal for an aperitif with friends!

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