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Discovering World-Class Wine on a Journey Through Switzerland’s Valais Region

Discovering World-Class Wine on a Journey Through Switzerland’s Valais Region

Switzerland has something for everyone. Whether you like the glitz and glamour of Zurich or the world class skiing available in the renowned Matterhorn region, you can enjoy yourself any time of year. If you are an oenophile on a lifetime search for unique wines that are not widely available, or an avid hiker, the Valais region is the place for you.

We spent a day exploring terroir, quaint restaurants, wine, and winemakers of the area, and our itinerary included a 17-kilometer (10.5-mile) jaunt up and over steep inclines, through fragrant mountain forests, along creeks, and over suspension bridges. Our trail dated back centuries (it was originally built as a mule path and vineyard trail) and was just part of over 8,000 kilometers (5,000 miles) of sign-posted hiking paths that anyone can explore. We took the high road through lush alpine meadows and up mountains where the reward for all of our hard work was a magnificent view of the valley and vineyards below. The wine trail runs along quiet tracks, passing by wine-growers’ homes, through vineyards, and into the impressive Gorges de la Raspille, a site of outstanding natural beauty. On the journey, encountering wildlife like marmots, chamois, or mountain goats is a definite possibility. Our mission (which we eagerly accepted) was a search for rare wines and interesting winemakers, so off we went on foot from Salgesch to Sierre in pursuit.

Our first stop was the German-speaking Caveau de Salquenen, founded in 1913 by Alfred Kuonen and the first winery in the village of Salgesch. You could feel the history as we walked back in time through this ancient village to the winery. There is also a Musée du Vin, a museum of wine in the village, for those interested in further wine education and history. Today, however, we were greeted by the young and beautiful local winemaker Larissa Kuonen. She spent years studying wine engineering at the School of Viticulture and Oenologie at Changins, where she earned her bachelor’s degree. After graduating, Kuonen began working with her family at the winery, and in 2009, she became oenologist of the winery.

Sitting down with her was a master class on the wines of the region. As she poured the first of many wines, she explained that the Grand Cru de Salquenen is produced only in the municipality. The winemakers in Salquenen are extremely strict and the label requirements are rigorous. Chaptalizing (adding sugar), blending, and maturing in wood are forbidden, and the wine must rest in the producer’s cellars for at least 15 months before being presented to a national wine-tasting commission. A wine can be called Grand Cru only if it is awarded 18 out of 20 points, after which it will be decorated with the golden label of Salquenen.

When looking at Swiss wines, certain varietals demand attention. Heida (as it is called in Upper Valais) or Païen is the name given in the Valais to the savignon grape (not to be confused with sauvignon blanc) also known as “Traminer”. We first tasted this varietal on the slopes of one of Europe’s highest vineyards, in Visperterminen, up to 1,100 meters (3,600 feet) above sea level. Make sure to stop at impressive St. Jodern Kellerei winery and retail shop to purchase a bottle or two. The wine is very impressive with an extraordinary range of citrus and exotic fruit flavors.

Of course, we just had to taste petite arvine, too. This is the Valais white wine, without question, and has been considered exclusive to Valais since 1602. It’s delicate, hard to grow, sensitive to the wind, and the longest and last to develop. The varietal is very picky and requires only the best exposures, preferably not too dry. But when it’s right, it's right, producing a distinctive wine with grapefruit flavor and notes of rhubarb.

Moving on, we eventually found Cave Caloz and yet another young winemaker, Sandrine Caloz, someone wine lovers will hear from for years to come. She has winemaking in her blood, as her grandfather, Fernand, was the founder of the winery way back in 1960. We spent an entire afternoon and evening with Sandrine (who graduated from the School of Viticulture and Oenologie at Changins herself in 2013), tasting through vintages dating back to 1984. “This wine was bottled by my grandfather and is older than me,” she said laughing. After these lessons, we even had a meal together at Chef Didier du Courten’s namesake restaurant in Sierra, where we paired Swiss wine with world-class cuisine from the region.

Our day fully complete, we returned to our room at the splendid Castel de Daval to contemplate our next day’s journey. Castel de Daval, a charming rendition of a miniature castle, is absolutely the best place to stay while visiting the Sierre region. The Caloz family (distant relatives of the winemakers previously mentioned) will make you feel at home at this lovely bed and breakfast, with glorious mountain views nestled within a vineyard. The family-owned accommodations will charm your soul as well as your wallet, and is easily the best value in the area. The Valais region deeply affected us, changing our lives by experiencing its charm, cuisine, and, of course, wine. This area is the perfect escape for a few days, weeks, months, or even a lifetime. No matter what the duration of your visit, there is something for everyone to enjoy.


Discovering World-Class Wine on a Journey Through Switzerland’s Valais Region - Recipes

Just the name Switzerland conjures up thoughts of mountains, snow beautiful people and a great lifestyle. A quintessential Swiss town right out our minds imagination becomes a reality when you visit Zermatt home of the legendary Matterhorn.

Arriving refreshed at Zurich airport pampered at over 40,000 feet by Edelweiss Air, we boarded our train at the airport and with typical Swiss precision we arrived early in the car free village of Zermatt and walked to our Chalet at Hotel Schoenegg.
Our short walk took us by quaint shops, cafes and a small rambling river that runs through the center of the village. Are we in a movie? Are we still dreaming at 40,000 feet? No, we are working in a dreamland and excited to see what this historical village has to offer.

It’s hard to imagine this perfect picturesque village has evolved from a poor farming village into a modern world class destination where celebrities go to “get away “no matter what time of year it may be. Zermatt is at the foothills of the Matterhorn which was first summited on July 14th 1865 by Edward Whymper and caused quite a clamber around the world. Looking out at this majestic mountain every morning at sunrise and we can see why.

Zermatt is a very special place and quite distinguished in its own right. It is the home of Europe’s highest cable car at 3,883m and in the same beautiful thin air you will find Europe’s highest restaurant and the hotel Kulmhotel Gornergrat at 3100m.
Walking the cobble stone streets in this car-free town we could not help but enjoy the clean fresh air that Switzerland is legendary for.

We highly recommend exploring, tasting and sipping in the villages over 150 bars and restaurants to get a real flavor of unique Zermatt. Walk through the old section of town and look for “The Little Bar” located down a narrow stairway in a building has been around over over 400 years and partake in some locally made swiss wine and of course beer. Don’t be shy! Engage in conversation with a local resident. They are actually quite friendly and may even challenge you to a drinking game.

Let it snow, let it snow!. In Zermatt you are guaranteed snow 365 days a year! In the winter months Zermott features Europe’s longest descent for skiers. This 25km run takes you from the Matterhorn glacier paradise right to Zermatt and you an even ski to Italy. In addition , partake in some winter hiking in the Alps with over 70km trails that will provide stunning views and fresh air well has world class cross country skiing and tobogganing .

The snow melts and the days become longer as the summer months arrive and there is still much to do in this alpine paradise. Enjoy a nice game of golf or jump on your mountain bike and explore over 100km of trails. Summer adventures also include the option to climb over 38 mountains with peaks over 4,000m all of which can be climbed from Zermatt.

This little jewel in the Alps year after year in highly rated in restaurant guides has the highest concentration of gourmet restaurants in the area offering local gastronomic delights to Asian fusion cuisine.

Please your palate and enjoy tasty Mediterranean-Alpine fusion and a barbecue over an open fire pit with a view you will never forget.

Just a few hour train trip from Zurich, Zermatt is worth a visit for a few days no matter what season it may be. As they say in Switzerland, “Zermatt . No matter what “. We could not agree more. In July 2015 Zermatt will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the summiting of the iconic Matterhorn. Can you think of a better time to visit? See you then!


Discovering World-Class Wine on a Journey Through Switzerland’s Valais Region - Recipes

Just the name Switzerland conjures up thoughts of mountains, snow beautiful people and a great lifestyle. A quintessential Swiss town right out our minds imagination becomes a reality when you visit Zermatt home of the legendary Matterhorn.

Arriving refreshed at Zurich airport pampered at over 40,000 feet by Edelweiss Air, we boarded our train at the airport and with typical Swiss precision we arrived early in the car free village of Zermatt and walked to our Chalet at Hotel Schoenegg.
Our short walk took us by quaint shops, cafes and a small rambling river that runs through the center of the village. Are we in a movie? Are we still dreaming at 40,000 feet? No, we are working in a dreamland and excited to see what this historical village has to offer.

It’s hard to imagine this perfect picturesque village has evolved from a poor farming village into a modern world class destination where celebrities go to “get away “no matter what time of year it may be. Zermatt is at the foothills of the Matterhorn which was first summited on July 14th 1865 by Edward Whymper and caused quite a clamber around the world. Looking out at this majestic mountain every morning at sunrise and we can see why.

Zermatt is a very special place and quite distinguished in its own right. It is the home of Europe’s highest cable car at 3,883m and in the same beautiful thin air you will find Europe’s highest restaurant and the hotel Kulmhotel Gornergrat at 3100m.
Walking the cobble stone streets in this car-free town we could not help but enjoy the clean fresh air that Switzerland is legendary for.

We highly recommend exploring, tasting and sipping in the villages over 150 bars and restaurants to get a real flavor of unique Zermatt. Walk through the old section of town and look for “The Little Bar” located down a narrow stairway in a building has been around over over 400 years and partake in some locally made swiss wine and of course beer. Don’t be shy! Engage in conversation with a local resident. They are actually quite friendly and may even challenge you to a drinking game.

Let it snow, let it snow!. In Zermatt you are guaranteed snow 365 days a year! In the winter months Zermott features Europe’s longest descent for skiers. This 25km run takes you from the Matterhorn glacier paradise right to Zermatt and you an even ski to Italy. In addition , partake in some winter hiking in the Alps with over 70km trails that will provide stunning views and fresh air well has world class cross country skiing and tobogganing .

The snow melts and the days become longer as the summer months arrive and there is still much to do in this alpine paradise. Enjoy a nice game of golf or jump on your mountain bike and explore over 100km of trails. Summer adventures also include the option to climb over 38 mountains with peaks over 4,000m all of which can be climbed from Zermatt.

This little jewel in the Alps year after year in highly rated in restaurant guides has the highest concentration of gourmet restaurants in the area offering local gastronomic delights to Asian fusion cuisine.

Please your palate and enjoy tasty Mediterranean-Alpine fusion and a barbecue over an open fire pit with a view you will never forget.

Just a few hour train trip from Zurich, Zermatt is worth a visit for a few days no matter what season it may be. As they say in Switzerland, “Zermatt . No matter what “. We could not agree more. In July 2015 Zermatt will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the summiting of the iconic Matterhorn. Can you think of a better time to visit? See you then!


Discovering World-Class Wine on a Journey Through Switzerland’s Valais Region - Recipes

Just the name Switzerland conjures up thoughts of mountains, snow beautiful people and a great lifestyle. A quintessential Swiss town right out our minds imagination becomes a reality when you visit Zermatt home of the legendary Matterhorn.

Arriving refreshed at Zurich airport pampered at over 40,000 feet by Edelweiss Air, we boarded our train at the airport and with typical Swiss precision we arrived early in the car free village of Zermatt and walked to our Chalet at Hotel Schoenegg.
Our short walk took us by quaint shops, cafes and a small rambling river that runs through the center of the village. Are we in a movie? Are we still dreaming at 40,000 feet? No, we are working in a dreamland and excited to see what this historical village has to offer.

It’s hard to imagine this perfect picturesque village has evolved from a poor farming village into a modern world class destination where celebrities go to “get away “no matter what time of year it may be. Zermatt is at the foothills of the Matterhorn which was first summited on July 14th 1865 by Edward Whymper and caused quite a clamber around the world. Looking out at this majestic mountain every morning at sunrise and we can see why.

Zermatt is a very special place and quite distinguished in its own right. It is the home of Europe’s highest cable car at 3,883m and in the same beautiful thin air you will find Europe’s highest restaurant and the hotel Kulmhotel Gornergrat at 3100m.
Walking the cobble stone streets in this car-free town we could not help but enjoy the clean fresh air that Switzerland is legendary for.

We highly recommend exploring, tasting and sipping in the villages over 150 bars and restaurants to get a real flavor of unique Zermatt. Walk through the old section of town and look for “The Little Bar” located down a narrow stairway in a building has been around over over 400 years and partake in some locally made swiss wine and of course beer. Don’t be shy! Engage in conversation with a local resident. They are actually quite friendly and may even challenge you to a drinking game.

Let it snow, let it snow!. In Zermatt you are guaranteed snow 365 days a year! In the winter months Zermott features Europe’s longest descent for skiers. This 25km run takes you from the Matterhorn glacier paradise right to Zermatt and you an even ski to Italy. In addition , partake in some winter hiking in the Alps with over 70km trails that will provide stunning views and fresh air well has world class cross country skiing and tobogganing .

The snow melts and the days become longer as the summer months arrive and there is still much to do in this alpine paradise. Enjoy a nice game of golf or jump on your mountain bike and explore over 100km of trails. Summer adventures also include the option to climb over 38 mountains with peaks over 4,000m all of which can be climbed from Zermatt.

This little jewel in the Alps year after year in highly rated in restaurant guides has the highest concentration of gourmet restaurants in the area offering local gastronomic delights to Asian fusion cuisine.

Please your palate and enjoy tasty Mediterranean-Alpine fusion and a barbecue over an open fire pit with a view you will never forget.

Just a few hour train trip from Zurich, Zermatt is worth a visit for a few days no matter what season it may be. As they say in Switzerland, “Zermatt . No matter what “. We could not agree more. In July 2015 Zermatt will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the summiting of the iconic Matterhorn. Can you think of a better time to visit? See you then!


Discovering World-Class Wine on a Journey Through Switzerland’s Valais Region - Recipes

Just the name Switzerland conjures up thoughts of mountains, snow beautiful people and a great lifestyle. A quintessential Swiss town right out our minds imagination becomes a reality when you visit Zermatt home of the legendary Matterhorn.

Arriving refreshed at Zurich airport pampered at over 40,000 feet by Edelweiss Air, we boarded our train at the airport and with typical Swiss precision we arrived early in the car free village of Zermatt and walked to our Chalet at Hotel Schoenegg.
Our short walk took us by quaint shops, cafes and a small rambling river that runs through the center of the village. Are we in a movie? Are we still dreaming at 40,000 feet? No, we are working in a dreamland and excited to see what this historical village has to offer.

It’s hard to imagine this perfect picturesque village has evolved from a poor farming village into a modern world class destination where celebrities go to “get away “no matter what time of year it may be. Zermatt is at the foothills of the Matterhorn which was first summited on July 14th 1865 by Edward Whymper and caused quite a clamber around the world. Looking out at this majestic mountain every morning at sunrise and we can see why.

Zermatt is a very special place and quite distinguished in its own right. It is the home of Europe’s highest cable car at 3,883m and in the same beautiful thin air you will find Europe’s highest restaurant and the hotel Kulmhotel Gornergrat at 3100m.
Walking the cobble stone streets in this car-free town we could not help but enjoy the clean fresh air that Switzerland is legendary for.

We highly recommend exploring, tasting and sipping in the villages over 150 bars and restaurants to get a real flavor of unique Zermatt. Walk through the old section of town and look for “The Little Bar” located down a narrow stairway in a building has been around over over 400 years and partake in some locally made swiss wine and of course beer. Don’t be shy! Engage in conversation with a local resident. They are actually quite friendly and may even challenge you to a drinking game.

Let it snow, let it snow!. In Zermatt you are guaranteed snow 365 days a year! In the winter months Zermott features Europe’s longest descent for skiers. This 25km run takes you from the Matterhorn glacier paradise right to Zermatt and you an even ski to Italy. In addition , partake in some winter hiking in the Alps with over 70km trails that will provide stunning views and fresh air well has world class cross country skiing and tobogganing .

The snow melts and the days become longer as the summer months arrive and there is still much to do in this alpine paradise. Enjoy a nice game of golf or jump on your mountain bike and explore over 100km of trails. Summer adventures also include the option to climb over 38 mountains with peaks over 4,000m all of which can be climbed from Zermatt.

This little jewel in the Alps year after year in highly rated in restaurant guides has the highest concentration of gourmet restaurants in the area offering local gastronomic delights to Asian fusion cuisine.

Please your palate and enjoy tasty Mediterranean-Alpine fusion and a barbecue over an open fire pit with a view you will never forget.

Just a few hour train trip from Zurich, Zermatt is worth a visit for a few days no matter what season it may be. As they say in Switzerland, “Zermatt . No matter what “. We could not agree more. In July 2015 Zermatt will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the summiting of the iconic Matterhorn. Can you think of a better time to visit? See you then!


Discovering World-Class Wine on a Journey Through Switzerland’s Valais Region - Recipes

Just the name Switzerland conjures up thoughts of mountains, snow beautiful people and a great lifestyle. A quintessential Swiss town right out our minds imagination becomes a reality when you visit Zermatt home of the legendary Matterhorn.

Arriving refreshed at Zurich airport pampered at over 40,000 feet by Edelweiss Air, we boarded our train at the airport and with typical Swiss precision we arrived early in the car free village of Zermatt and walked to our Chalet at Hotel Schoenegg.
Our short walk took us by quaint shops, cafes and a small rambling river that runs through the center of the village. Are we in a movie? Are we still dreaming at 40,000 feet? No, we are working in a dreamland and excited to see what this historical village has to offer.

It’s hard to imagine this perfect picturesque village has evolved from a poor farming village into a modern world class destination where celebrities go to “get away “no matter what time of year it may be. Zermatt is at the foothills of the Matterhorn which was first summited on July 14th 1865 by Edward Whymper and caused quite a clamber around the world. Looking out at this majestic mountain every morning at sunrise and we can see why.

Zermatt is a very special place and quite distinguished in its own right. It is the home of Europe’s highest cable car at 3,883m and in the same beautiful thin air you will find Europe’s highest restaurant and the hotel Kulmhotel Gornergrat at 3100m.
Walking the cobble stone streets in this car-free town we could not help but enjoy the clean fresh air that Switzerland is legendary for.

We highly recommend exploring, tasting and sipping in the villages over 150 bars and restaurants to get a real flavor of unique Zermatt. Walk through the old section of town and look for “The Little Bar” located down a narrow stairway in a building has been around over over 400 years and partake in some locally made swiss wine and of course beer. Don’t be shy! Engage in conversation with a local resident. They are actually quite friendly and may even challenge you to a drinking game.

Let it snow, let it snow!. In Zermatt you are guaranteed snow 365 days a year! In the winter months Zermott features Europe’s longest descent for skiers. This 25km run takes you from the Matterhorn glacier paradise right to Zermatt and you an even ski to Italy. In addition , partake in some winter hiking in the Alps with over 70km trails that will provide stunning views and fresh air well has world class cross country skiing and tobogganing .

The snow melts and the days become longer as the summer months arrive and there is still much to do in this alpine paradise. Enjoy a nice game of golf or jump on your mountain bike and explore over 100km of trails. Summer adventures also include the option to climb over 38 mountains with peaks over 4,000m all of which can be climbed from Zermatt.

This little jewel in the Alps year after year in highly rated in restaurant guides has the highest concentration of gourmet restaurants in the area offering local gastronomic delights to Asian fusion cuisine.

Please your palate and enjoy tasty Mediterranean-Alpine fusion and a barbecue over an open fire pit with a view you will never forget.

Just a few hour train trip from Zurich, Zermatt is worth a visit for a few days no matter what season it may be. As they say in Switzerland, “Zermatt . No matter what “. We could not agree more. In July 2015 Zermatt will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the summiting of the iconic Matterhorn. Can you think of a better time to visit? See you then!


Discovering World-Class Wine on a Journey Through Switzerland’s Valais Region - Recipes

Just the name Switzerland conjures up thoughts of mountains, snow beautiful people and a great lifestyle. A quintessential Swiss town right out our minds imagination becomes a reality when you visit Zermatt home of the legendary Matterhorn.

Arriving refreshed at Zurich airport pampered at over 40,000 feet by Edelweiss Air, we boarded our train at the airport and with typical Swiss precision we arrived early in the car free village of Zermatt and walked to our Chalet at Hotel Schoenegg.
Our short walk took us by quaint shops, cafes and a small rambling river that runs through the center of the village. Are we in a movie? Are we still dreaming at 40,000 feet? No, we are working in a dreamland and excited to see what this historical village has to offer.

It’s hard to imagine this perfect picturesque village has evolved from a poor farming village into a modern world class destination where celebrities go to “get away “no matter what time of year it may be. Zermatt is at the foothills of the Matterhorn which was first summited on July 14th 1865 by Edward Whymper and caused quite a clamber around the world. Looking out at this majestic mountain every morning at sunrise and we can see why.

Zermatt is a very special place and quite distinguished in its own right. It is the home of Europe’s highest cable car at 3,883m and in the same beautiful thin air you will find Europe’s highest restaurant and the hotel Kulmhotel Gornergrat at 3100m.
Walking the cobble stone streets in this car-free town we could not help but enjoy the clean fresh air that Switzerland is legendary for.

We highly recommend exploring, tasting and sipping in the villages over 150 bars and restaurants to get a real flavor of unique Zermatt. Walk through the old section of town and look for “The Little Bar” located down a narrow stairway in a building has been around over over 400 years and partake in some locally made swiss wine and of course beer. Don’t be shy! Engage in conversation with a local resident. They are actually quite friendly and may even challenge you to a drinking game.

Let it snow, let it snow!. In Zermatt you are guaranteed snow 365 days a year! In the winter months Zermott features Europe’s longest descent for skiers. This 25km run takes you from the Matterhorn glacier paradise right to Zermatt and you an even ski to Italy. In addition , partake in some winter hiking in the Alps with over 70km trails that will provide stunning views and fresh air well has world class cross country skiing and tobogganing .

The snow melts and the days become longer as the summer months arrive and there is still much to do in this alpine paradise. Enjoy a nice game of golf or jump on your mountain bike and explore over 100km of trails. Summer adventures also include the option to climb over 38 mountains with peaks over 4,000m all of which can be climbed from Zermatt.

This little jewel in the Alps year after year in highly rated in restaurant guides has the highest concentration of gourmet restaurants in the area offering local gastronomic delights to Asian fusion cuisine.

Please your palate and enjoy tasty Mediterranean-Alpine fusion and a barbecue over an open fire pit with a view you will never forget.

Just a few hour train trip from Zurich, Zermatt is worth a visit for a few days no matter what season it may be. As they say in Switzerland, “Zermatt . No matter what “. We could not agree more. In July 2015 Zermatt will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the summiting of the iconic Matterhorn. Can you think of a better time to visit? See you then!


Discovering World-Class Wine on a Journey Through Switzerland’s Valais Region - Recipes

Just the name Switzerland conjures up thoughts of mountains, snow beautiful people and a great lifestyle. A quintessential Swiss town right out our minds imagination becomes a reality when you visit Zermatt home of the legendary Matterhorn.

Arriving refreshed at Zurich airport pampered at over 40,000 feet by Edelweiss Air, we boarded our train at the airport and with typical Swiss precision we arrived early in the car free village of Zermatt and walked to our Chalet at Hotel Schoenegg.
Our short walk took us by quaint shops, cafes and a small rambling river that runs through the center of the village. Are we in a movie? Are we still dreaming at 40,000 feet? No, we are working in a dreamland and excited to see what this historical village has to offer.

It’s hard to imagine this perfect picturesque village has evolved from a poor farming village into a modern world class destination where celebrities go to “get away “no matter what time of year it may be. Zermatt is at the foothills of the Matterhorn which was first summited on July 14th 1865 by Edward Whymper and caused quite a clamber around the world. Looking out at this majestic mountain every morning at sunrise and we can see why.

Zermatt is a very special place and quite distinguished in its own right. It is the home of Europe’s highest cable car at 3,883m and in the same beautiful thin air you will find Europe’s highest restaurant and the hotel Kulmhotel Gornergrat at 3100m.
Walking the cobble stone streets in this car-free town we could not help but enjoy the clean fresh air that Switzerland is legendary for.

We highly recommend exploring, tasting and sipping in the villages over 150 bars and restaurants to get a real flavor of unique Zermatt. Walk through the old section of town and look for “The Little Bar” located down a narrow stairway in a building has been around over over 400 years and partake in some locally made swiss wine and of course beer. Don’t be shy! Engage in conversation with a local resident. They are actually quite friendly and may even challenge you to a drinking game.

Let it snow, let it snow!. In Zermatt you are guaranteed snow 365 days a year! In the winter months Zermott features Europe’s longest descent for skiers. This 25km run takes you from the Matterhorn glacier paradise right to Zermatt and you an even ski to Italy. In addition , partake in some winter hiking in the Alps with over 70km trails that will provide stunning views and fresh air well has world class cross country skiing and tobogganing .

The snow melts and the days become longer as the summer months arrive and there is still much to do in this alpine paradise. Enjoy a nice game of golf or jump on your mountain bike and explore over 100km of trails. Summer adventures also include the option to climb over 38 mountains with peaks over 4,000m all of which can be climbed from Zermatt.

This little jewel in the Alps year after year in highly rated in restaurant guides has the highest concentration of gourmet restaurants in the area offering local gastronomic delights to Asian fusion cuisine.

Please your palate and enjoy tasty Mediterranean-Alpine fusion and a barbecue over an open fire pit with a view you will never forget.

Just a few hour train trip from Zurich, Zermatt is worth a visit for a few days no matter what season it may be. As they say in Switzerland, “Zermatt . No matter what “. We could not agree more. In July 2015 Zermatt will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the summiting of the iconic Matterhorn. Can you think of a better time to visit? See you then!


Discovering World-Class Wine on a Journey Through Switzerland’s Valais Region - Recipes

Just the name Switzerland conjures up thoughts of mountains, snow beautiful people and a great lifestyle. A quintessential Swiss town right out our minds imagination becomes a reality when you visit Zermatt home of the legendary Matterhorn.

Arriving refreshed at Zurich airport pampered at over 40,000 feet by Edelweiss Air, we boarded our train at the airport and with typical Swiss precision we arrived early in the car free village of Zermatt and walked to our Chalet at Hotel Schoenegg.
Our short walk took us by quaint shops, cafes and a small rambling river that runs through the center of the village. Are we in a movie? Are we still dreaming at 40,000 feet? No, we are working in a dreamland and excited to see what this historical village has to offer.

It’s hard to imagine this perfect picturesque village has evolved from a poor farming village into a modern world class destination where celebrities go to “get away “no matter what time of year it may be. Zermatt is at the foothills of the Matterhorn which was first summited on July 14th 1865 by Edward Whymper and caused quite a clamber around the world. Looking out at this majestic mountain every morning at sunrise and we can see why.

Zermatt is a very special place and quite distinguished in its own right. It is the home of Europe’s highest cable car at 3,883m and in the same beautiful thin air you will find Europe’s highest restaurant and the hotel Kulmhotel Gornergrat at 3100m.
Walking the cobble stone streets in this car-free town we could not help but enjoy the clean fresh air that Switzerland is legendary for.

We highly recommend exploring, tasting and sipping in the villages over 150 bars and restaurants to get a real flavor of unique Zermatt. Walk through the old section of town and look for “The Little Bar” located down a narrow stairway in a building has been around over over 400 years and partake in some locally made swiss wine and of course beer. Don’t be shy! Engage in conversation with a local resident. They are actually quite friendly and may even challenge you to a drinking game.

Let it snow, let it snow!. In Zermatt you are guaranteed snow 365 days a year! In the winter months Zermott features Europe’s longest descent for skiers. This 25km run takes you from the Matterhorn glacier paradise right to Zermatt and you an even ski to Italy. In addition , partake in some winter hiking in the Alps with over 70km trails that will provide stunning views and fresh air well has world class cross country skiing and tobogganing .

The snow melts and the days become longer as the summer months arrive and there is still much to do in this alpine paradise. Enjoy a nice game of golf or jump on your mountain bike and explore over 100km of trails. Summer adventures also include the option to climb over 38 mountains with peaks over 4,000m all of which can be climbed from Zermatt.

This little jewel in the Alps year after year in highly rated in restaurant guides has the highest concentration of gourmet restaurants in the area offering local gastronomic delights to Asian fusion cuisine.

Please your palate and enjoy tasty Mediterranean-Alpine fusion and a barbecue over an open fire pit with a view you will never forget.

Just a few hour train trip from Zurich, Zermatt is worth a visit for a few days no matter what season it may be. As they say in Switzerland, “Zermatt . No matter what “. We could not agree more. In July 2015 Zermatt will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the summiting of the iconic Matterhorn. Can you think of a better time to visit? See you then!


Discovering World-Class Wine on a Journey Through Switzerland’s Valais Region - Recipes

Just the name Switzerland conjures up thoughts of mountains, snow beautiful people and a great lifestyle. A quintessential Swiss town right out our minds imagination becomes a reality when you visit Zermatt home of the legendary Matterhorn.

Arriving refreshed at Zurich airport pampered at over 40,000 feet by Edelweiss Air, we boarded our train at the airport and with typical Swiss precision we arrived early in the car free village of Zermatt and walked to our Chalet at Hotel Schoenegg.
Our short walk took us by quaint shops, cafes and a small rambling river that runs through the center of the village. Are we in a movie? Are we still dreaming at 40,000 feet? No, we are working in a dreamland and excited to see what this historical village has to offer.

It’s hard to imagine this perfect picturesque village has evolved from a poor farming village into a modern world class destination where celebrities go to “get away “no matter what time of year it may be. Zermatt is at the foothills of the Matterhorn which was first summited on July 14th 1865 by Edward Whymper and caused quite a clamber around the world. Looking out at this majestic mountain every morning at sunrise and we can see why.

Zermatt is a very special place and quite distinguished in its own right. It is the home of Europe’s highest cable car at 3,883m and in the same beautiful thin air you will find Europe’s highest restaurant and the hotel Kulmhotel Gornergrat at 3100m.
Walking the cobble stone streets in this car-free town we could not help but enjoy the clean fresh air that Switzerland is legendary for.

We highly recommend exploring, tasting and sipping in the villages over 150 bars and restaurants to get a real flavor of unique Zermatt. Walk through the old section of town and look for “The Little Bar” located down a narrow stairway in a building has been around over over 400 years and partake in some locally made swiss wine and of course beer. Don’t be shy! Engage in conversation with a local resident. They are actually quite friendly and may even challenge you to a drinking game.

Let it snow, let it snow!. In Zermatt you are guaranteed snow 365 days a year! In the winter months Zermott features Europe’s longest descent for skiers. This 25km run takes you from the Matterhorn glacier paradise right to Zermatt and you an even ski to Italy. In addition , partake in some winter hiking in the Alps with over 70km trails that will provide stunning views and fresh air well has world class cross country skiing and tobogganing .

The snow melts and the days become longer as the summer months arrive and there is still much to do in this alpine paradise. Enjoy a nice game of golf or jump on your mountain bike and explore over 100km of trails. Summer adventures also include the option to climb over 38 mountains with peaks over 4,000m all of which can be climbed from Zermatt.

This little jewel in the Alps year after year in highly rated in restaurant guides has the highest concentration of gourmet restaurants in the area offering local gastronomic delights to Asian fusion cuisine.

Please your palate and enjoy tasty Mediterranean-Alpine fusion and a barbecue over an open fire pit with a view you will never forget.

Just a few hour train trip from Zurich, Zermatt is worth a visit for a few days no matter what season it may be. As they say in Switzerland, “Zermatt . No matter what “. We could not agree more. In July 2015 Zermatt will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the summiting of the iconic Matterhorn. Can you think of a better time to visit? See you then!


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Just the name Switzerland conjures up thoughts of mountains, snow beautiful people and a great lifestyle. A quintessential Swiss town right out our minds imagination becomes a reality when you visit Zermatt home of the legendary Matterhorn.

Arriving refreshed at Zurich airport pampered at over 40,000 feet by Edelweiss Air, we boarded our train at the airport and with typical Swiss precision we arrived early in the car free village of Zermatt and walked to our Chalet at Hotel Schoenegg.
Our short walk took us by quaint shops, cafes and a small rambling river that runs through the center of the village. Are we in a movie? Are we still dreaming at 40,000 feet? No, we are working in a dreamland and excited to see what this historical village has to offer.

It’s hard to imagine this perfect picturesque village has evolved from a poor farming village into a modern world class destination where celebrities go to “get away “no matter what time of year it may be. Zermatt is at the foothills of the Matterhorn which was first summited on July 14th 1865 by Edward Whymper and caused quite a clamber around the world. Looking out at this majestic mountain every morning at sunrise and we can see why.

Zermatt is a very special place and quite distinguished in its own right. It is the home of Europe’s highest cable car at 3,883m and in the same beautiful thin air you will find Europe’s highest restaurant and the hotel Kulmhotel Gornergrat at 3100m.
Walking the cobble stone streets in this car-free town we could not help but enjoy the clean fresh air that Switzerland is legendary for.

We highly recommend exploring, tasting and sipping in the villages over 150 bars and restaurants to get a real flavor of unique Zermatt. Walk through the old section of town and look for “The Little Bar” located down a narrow stairway in a building has been around over over 400 years and partake in some locally made swiss wine and of course beer. Don’t be shy! Engage in conversation with a local resident. They are actually quite friendly and may even challenge you to a drinking game.

Let it snow, let it snow!. In Zermatt you are guaranteed snow 365 days a year! In the winter months Zermott features Europe’s longest descent for skiers. This 25km run takes you from the Matterhorn glacier paradise right to Zermatt and you an even ski to Italy. In addition , partake in some winter hiking in the Alps with over 70km trails that will provide stunning views and fresh air well has world class cross country skiing and tobogganing .

The snow melts and the days become longer as the summer months arrive and there is still much to do in this alpine paradise. Enjoy a nice game of golf or jump on your mountain bike and explore over 100km of trails. Summer adventures also include the option to climb over 38 mountains with peaks over 4,000m all of which can be climbed from Zermatt.

This little jewel in the Alps year after year in highly rated in restaurant guides has the highest concentration of gourmet restaurants in the area offering local gastronomic delights to Asian fusion cuisine.

Please your palate and enjoy tasty Mediterranean-Alpine fusion and a barbecue over an open fire pit with a view you will never forget.

Just a few hour train trip from Zurich, Zermatt is worth a visit for a few days no matter what season it may be. As they say in Switzerland, “Zermatt . No matter what “. We could not agree more. In July 2015 Zermatt will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the summiting of the iconic Matterhorn. Can you think of a better time to visit? See you then!


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