At Schloss Sihlberg in Zurich on August 28, Swiss Wine and the Gault&Millau have unveiled the icons, the best wine menu, the two revelations of the year and the Top 100 best winemakers of Switzerland, 2017 edition. For the fourth consecutive year, the two organizations are staging Swiss wines to create lasting links between the Gastronomy and Swiss wines.
The jury this year included personalities such as its Président Geny Hess, Gilles Besse, President of Swiss Wine Promotion (VS), Elsbeth Hobmeier, wine & dine journalist (NE 3Lacs), Ueli Kellenberger, Chef at the Rössli in Bad Ragaz (SG), Urs Mäder, wine merchant (TI), Nathalie Ravet, sommelière at l’Ermitage des Ravet (VD), Paolo Basso, the World Best Sommelier 2013 and Jacques Perrin, Director at Cave Wine Club (VD).
Swiss Wine Icons
For the first time in 2016, the jury named 6 exceptional wine makers in recognition of their work and their contribution to the quality image of Swiss wines at home and abroad. Namely: Jean-Pierre Pellegrin, Domaine Grand’Cour (GE), Louis-Philippe Bovard, Domaine Louis Bovard (VD), Jacques Tatasciore, Domaine de Rochette (NE), Marie-Thérèse Chappaz, Domaine de la Liaudisaz (VS), Martha et Daniel Gantenbein, Gantenbein Wein (GR), Feliciano Gialdi et Alfred de Martin, Gialdi Vini (TI).
This year two more personalities through their company join this prestigious group: Axel & Jean-François Maye, Simon Maye et Fils (VS).
The best Swiss wine list
This award was created in recognition of the work done by restaurant owners, sommelier and chefs to add value to their wine lists and promote Swiss wines. Various criteria are applied such as a good representation of the 6 regions, the varieties represented and the creativity. For 2017, the winner is the restaurant Gourmet Einstein in Saint-Galen.
The Rookie of the year 2017
May be the most awaited award since it promotes two deserving young wine makers. This year the winners are Roman Hermann, Weingut Hermann (GR) and Ettore Biraghi, Tenuta Agricola Luigina (TI)
Finally the Top 100 winemakers of Switzerland
The full results are available on our site swissfinewine.ch and will be published in the magazine « Schweizer Illustriert » and « L’Illustré ». The lists will also appear in the official Gault&Millau guide.
Each year the jury is confronted to the fact that the list is limited to 100 and so far they have been creative to open it up by promoting icons and free seats for deserving colleagues.
The « new comers» are from the Three Lakes region: Andeas Krebs, Weingut Andreas Krebs, in Twann (BE) et Jean-Pierre Kuntzer, Domaine Saint Sébaste, in Saint-Blaise (NE) and from Ticino: Fattoria Moncuchetto, in Lugano (TI)
Find the complete list here on swissfinewine.ch