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Irene Grünenfelder, the charm and strength of the oak (Eichholz Weingut)

Irene Grünenfelder grew up in the Albula region (Graubünden), she has been a teacher in Arosa and a journalist in Geneva before becoming a self-taught and passionate winemaker. It was during a trip to Burgundy and a visit to Lignier Hubert, owner of Clos de la Roche Morey St. Denis in Côte de Nuits, that she became passionate about the Pinot Noir.

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Walking through the Buendner Herrschaft's vineyards (Graubunden)

This wonderful walk is only one hour away by train from Zurich or Davos and only minutes away form Bad-Ragaz. The Bündner Herrschaft wine region is situated in a larger area known as Heidiland, which was made popular by Johanna Spyri's novel. Walking through the quiet vineyards dominated by the Graubünden Mountains is a delight. The walk is easy and they are many stops along the trail to taste the local wines including their world famous Pinot Noir

Distance: 6 Km, duration: 1h 20 minutes (non stop), difference in levels: upward 100 meters and downward 160 meters, difficulty: easy walk.

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Martin Donatsch, a great player in the wine field

Donatsch is a "success story" particularly the last two generations. In the early seventies, Johann, Martin's father, was at the Romanée Conti Domain in Burgundy as a trainee. When he returned to the Graubünden he had plenty of new ideas and a French oak barrel, which at the time was very uncommon in Switzerland. He also brought with him Chardonnay grapes, which he was the first to plant in the region. At the time the grape was unauthorized by the local authorities but today things have changed and it produces remarkable wines.

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Thibaut Panas, Head Sommelier at the Beau Rivage Palace in Lausanne.

Thibaut Panas was born in 1984 in the historic province of Champagne. He was raised in a modest family that loved to eat and drink good products from the terroir. At 15 he became interested in the hospitality business and very naturally he took the path of training as a sommelier. When asked about Swiss wines, he tells us that the first Swiss wine he tasted was a Buxus, Sauvignon Blanc by Louis Bovard, this happened in London, a city he had chosen to learn the language while exercising his profession. 

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