Founded in 1896, the Domaine Jean-René Germanier, one of the great treasures of Swiss winemaking, is located in the village of Balavaud in the idyllic canton of Valais. The historic family wine business is currently being run by Jean René Germanier and his nephew Gilles Besse, who have converted the old vaulted cellar into an ideal space for experiencing the world of wine through wine-tasting, wine-food pairing events, and traditional raclette and fondue meals.
The wines from Jean-René Germanier are an excellent way to get to know this little-known winemaking region. Near the source of the Rhône river, the area enjoys a relatively dry and warm microclimate in summer allowing for an ideal slow ripening process of the grapes. These are ideal conditions for the production of great wines, especially bearing in mind the effects the climate change will have on locations such as these. Prestigious international wine critics have been delighted by the wonders of fine local grapes such as the Arvine, Humagne Rouge or Amigne, capable of creating wines brimming with aromas and sensations unknown even to experienced wine-tasters.
Jean-René Germanier classify their wines into two different styles: classics and reserves. The former are the result of their search for elegance and simplicity through traditional wine production methods, using local varieties to make wines full of the essence of fruit and ready to be drunk while young. Their reserve wines, on the other hand, are high-profile wines using the best vineyards and a process which combines a high concentration of fruit with the warmth gained from time spent in barrels to offer us complex wines with a great ageing potential; wines which are ideal for any occasion.