Geneva has been known for millennia for cultivating terroir wines that today have become renowned AOC wines. The city famous for its Jet d’Eau fountain has nearly 1,500 hectares of vines on its outskirts, and identifies itself as a wine city. Geneva is the third largest wine-producing canton in Switzerland. The families of growers who work with La Cave de Genève offer a large collection of wines that range from those for fine cuisine to light, intense, very special and easy to drink wines. Famous grape varieties grow happily, side by side, here.
Nearly 283 hectares in size, the region called “entre Arve et Lac” spreads from Cologny to Hermance and includes, to name just a few places: the slopes in Meinier, Choulex and Jussy. Geographically, it runs from the east and forms a large triangle with the left bank of Lake Geneva on one side over to the French border near Jussy. This terroir, which offers exceptional panoramic views of the Alpine chain and the Salève, benefits from a microclimate. Thermal currents from the Alps encourage grape bunches to mature and give full expression to their aromas.
The Mandement’s 820 hectares on the right bank make it the largest of Geneva’s three grape-producing regions. It is not far from the centre of the city but sits in the Satigny countryside; Satigny, with 450 hectares, is the largest wine-producing region in Switzerland. Between Céligny and Dardagny, the terroir is mainly glacial moraine, with the exception of the banks of the Rhone which have more recent alluvial deposits. Near Peissy the soil is mainly molasse, giving rise to grapes that are delicate yet powerful.
Some 20 grape-producing communes make up this region; the terroir reaches from the banks of the Rhone to the foot of the Salève. The generous soil is the result of prehistoric glacial moraine, erosion from Mont Blanc. Limestone, gravel: the soil in this region gives elegant and delicate grapes.