Domaine de Beudon is located in the height of Switzerland largest wine region at an average of 1,200m in altitude, in the Valais region. Domaine de Beudon is clearly not your average winery visit. To access the vineyard, it takes an approximate three hours to hike along a dangerous footpath, made of steep drops, and potential danger of falling over cliffs. The vines are halfway up a mountainside that is 50 degrees at its steepest. The word “beudon” means belly – an allusion to the tubby outcrop of rock on which the vines are grown.
The locals used to say that Jacky Granges, owner of Domaine de Beudon, was “a crazy man”. Why would someone decide painstakingly to build terraces up the ridiculously high hills of the Valais and give life to the first biodynamic Swiss vineyard on such unhospitable mountains? The answer lies in the wines themselves! As you might imagine, considering these conditions, production is tiny, and the wines are a rare find.
Jacky, who sadly passed away in 2016 from a fatal fall in his vineyard, took over the vineyards in 1971, and by 1992 was running an entirely biodynamic process, having removed all chemicals from production, which was a real first in Switzerland. The soil there is granitic, and also welcomes a wide array of herbs and livestock, the perfect environment for biodynamic.
The vinification process starts on these mountainous slopes. The white grape varieties are pressed in the vineyard then the juice goes down the valley through pipes for fermentation. The red grapes varieties, however, are straight brought down to the valley in small tanks. Swiss wines are traditionally unoaked, helping to preserve a fabulous freshness through the use of stainless steel vats. Fermentation is slow and is only operated by the ambient indigenous yeasts. The wines are left unfiltered.
The wines develop deep flavours, soft tannins and complex aromas. The young wines are unique and racy, while the older vintages are long and expressive, with a matchless character.
The wines are sold under the appellation AOC Valais. Despite Jacky's death, his wife and two daughters are continuing his dream in producing outstanding wines.
|AOC Valais "Fendant"||Login||Bottle (75cl)||2016|
|AOC Valais "Fendant"||Login||Bottle (75cl)||2010|
|AOC Valais "Fendant"||Login||Bottle (75cl)||2004|
|AOC Valais "Riesling x Sylvaner"||Login||Bottle (75cl)||2016|
|AOC Valais "Petite Arvine"||Login||Bottle (75cl)||2016|
|AOC Valais "Gamay"||Login||Bottle (75cl)||2014|
|AOC Valais "Gamay"||Login||Bottle (75cl)||2010|
|AOC Valais "Gamay"||Login||Bottle (75cl)||2009|
|AOC Valais " Pinot Noir"||Login||Bottle (75cl)||2012|
|AOC Valais "Gamaret"||Login||Bottle (75cl)||2012|
|AOC Valais "L' Orage"||Login||Bottle (75cl)||2015|
|AOC Valais "Constellation"||Login||Bottle (75cl)||2007|