A Swiss Island in the World of Wine

When it comes to wine Switzerland and Russia do, in fact, have something in common. To the outside world neither country is seen as a wine producer, mainly since each exports very little of the wine it produces. The similarities end there, especially since most of the wines produced in Switzerland are dry in style compared with the predominant off‑dry and semi‑sweet style of Russian wines.

Most people associate Switzerland with chocolate and cheese, watches and banks. For those who come to live and work here they are invariably surprised to discover that the country produces wine at all. In global terms Switzerland accounts for just 0.2% of all vineyards and does not even make the top 20 wine‑producing countries. In fact, Russia produces five times as much wine and is the ninth largest producer.

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