Wine-making methods

Constant innovation

The success and passionate commitment of the Balisiers team are driven by a spirit of constant innovation, an on-going quest for novel concepts that will enhance the effectiveness of our wine-making processes and ultimately deliver truly original wines.

The following are some of the landmarks in this on-going process:

1987-88: Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc were planted on 1.7 and 1.3 hectares, respectively 

1992: on the hillsides at Plan-les-Ouates, a three-hectare vineyard was entirely planted with Gamaret, the amazing new red variety developed by Switzerland’s plant-breeding researchers 

1996: nearly two hectares were planted with Sauvignon Blanc

1998: vinification of our first Gamaret harvest produced our Lune Rousse, which was to become one of our clients’ favourite wines 

2004: three hectares were planted with Chenin Blanc, marking the first successful acclimatization of this top Loire valley variety in Switzerland. 

2009: the launch vintage of our Ilôt Noir, an amazingly intense Pinot Noir varietal derived from experimentation with separate vinification of grapes from a small plot of exceptionally good soil in our Peissy vineyards.