if you are a wine lover, then visiting Switzerland for a wine festival is totally worth it. It is a very unique way to go down the road and drown in the world of wine tastes and smells. It feels like you enter a different time era and you wouldn’t want to come out of it. If you are not drinking however, just trying out traditional Swiss food and perhaps visiting a small village is just as good as tasting wines. A small hike will be optimal, but trust me when I say this – visiting the festival is quite enough.
So this weekend there was a wine festival in a really small village, called Jenins. It is around 20 km away from Chur, close to the famous Bad Ragaz – a place for thermal water baths. It has a population of around 1000 people and a lot of wineries in the region that produce the region’s wine – Pinot Noir. It is a very nice and smooth red wine, made from the grapes that grow in all of Switzerland. To be honest, I am not an expert in wine tasting, but visiting villages and discovering new places is my specialty.
As usual, I was not alone. The outcome – well, we tried a bunch of wines and the ones that we really liked, were the cheapest ones there were for trying. I don’t know what does that mean, but in my head – we definitely are not experts, but we ended up liking the same wine – Pinot Noir from a winery called Pinot Noir Auslese, which we ended up buying from Coop (Swiss supermarket chain), when we got back to Chur. Funny thing – it actually costed a lot less from Coop than at the festival – just a hint. The discussion later was connected to this fact, which confused us as to why on the festivals those wines are so much more costly than if you go to one of those supermarkets. I agreed that the wineries are selling large quantities to the monopol of the market – in this case the supermarket and if a customer goes to the winery itself it should be expensive, but however, the purpose of the festival is to attract people that will eventually become loyal customers. But this is a discussion for another blog. 🙂
The point of this post is to show you that a festival like this can illustrate you how attractive the country side is and what delicious specialties they make here. It is quite amazing to go there and see how people live – it feels for me like home.
Anyways, I will tell you more about my adventures soon.
See you around!