That wine is from where?

A trip to 7 lesser-known wine-making regions.

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Vineyards of Switzerland Vineyards of Switzerland (Photo: Capricorn Studio / Shutterstock)

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Switzerland

Swiss wines are not as well-known as those that are produced in neighboring countries. Though they don't enjoy the same name recognition as a bottle of Chianti, Burgundy or Riesling, Swiss wines share a similar origin. During the Middle Ages, monks from France established vineyards in Switzerland, testing different varieties of grape to find the best species for the cooler climate. 

Today, some vineyards sit on the shores of Lake Geneva. In fact, there are nearly 100 wine producers around the lake. Switzerland is famous for its multiple cultural influences. Not only can this be heard in different regions of the country (depending on where you are, you will hear German, French or Italian being spoken), but it can be tasted in the wine as well. A second Swiss vineyard region, Valais, actually has the highest altitude of any wine-making area in Europe. Its highest vineyard sits at 3,600 feet above sea level.  

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