SwissWino visits SwissGrapes
I recently discovered SwissGrapes online and arranged to meet with the two young Swiss entrepreneurs, Michael Schlegel and Nicolas Kiss, who founded the company at their location in Bursinel.
Michael and Nicolas met when they were college students at university in Lausanne. They both had a passion for business and wine. They originally started SwissGrapes as a side venture and eventually the business grew and they decided to make it their full-time job.
As their business grew, they needed to find a larger location to store their wines. They searched the La Côte region in the canton of Vaud for a suitable building that would suit their needs and at the same time allow the business to grow. After a long search, Michael and Nicolas were told of an old neglected building in Bursinel that was the former Cave de la Côte. It was vacant, unoccupied for ten years and was perfectly suited to their needs, being that it was a former wine cellar.
In 2016, the site was completely renovated by the two with a little help from their friends and soon became open for business!
SwissGrapes main focus was their Swiss wine export business and still makes up much of the company’s sales. They currently export mostly to Montreal and London. SwissGrapes is one of the rare Swiss wine exporters since the majority of Swiss wine is consumed entirely in Switzerland. Due to the high demand for wine and wine consumption in Switzerland, imports far outweigh exports. That is one reason you don’t see a lot of Swiss wines in other countries. SwissGrapes is attempting to change that, dedicated to raising awareness of Swiss wines globally.
The team travel extensively through the various wine regions of Switzerland, visiting vineyards and wineries to discover the best wines. Their commitment and focus is to work closely with small wineries who are as passionate as they are about wine, and who follow sustainable cultivation practices that respect the environment and grow local grape varietals of excellent quality.
This results in an amazing and unique selection of Swiss wines from different parts of Switzerland that you won’t find in most large wine shops or distributors.
SwissGrapes Wine Shop
Recently, SwissGrapes opened a wine shop at their Bursinel wine cellar so that locals can stop in and buy wine directly. The wine shop hours currently are Thursdays from 16h to 21h, and Saturdays from 10h to 14h or by appointment. The plan is to expand to additional days and times in the future.
Their wines are also available to be purchased through their online shop via their website, www.swissgrapes.ch where you can find more information, photos and articles on the various select wineries and their travels through Switzerland.
The wine cellar is also available for events and parties, contact them via their website for more information. They’ve done a great job with the place!
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