The amazing and luxurious wines of Marie-Therese Chappaz – Taste in shop Sat 29th October, 3pm-6pm

Chappaz Wine

Browse the range of Chappaz wines

We will be tasting the following wines from the Chappaz winery in store with some beautiful Swiss cheeses from the Courtyard Dairy.

Dole Pinot/Gamay 2019

Fendant Coteaux de Plamont 2021

Grain Cinq 2012

Grain Pinot les Dahrres 2020

NO NEED TO BOOK, FREE TASTING, JUST TURN UP!

Chappaz wine is a story of one woman's life spent dedicated to the vine and the soil of her native region, the Valais in Switzerland.  Marie-Thérèse Chappaz never intended to be a wine maker, instead she planned to be a midwife and travel the world.

Maurice Troillet (1880-1961), Marie-Thérèse’s great-uncle, built the original house at La Liaudisaz on the estate in the 1940’s. He was an important figure in the region and President of the Valais canton administrative council. In memory of him, some of the best Cuvee carry his name, President Troillet. The estate passed to Marie-Thérèse Chappaz and she settled there in 1987.

La Liaudisaz Chappaz
The magnificent house at La Liaudisaz - now home to the winery

Marie-Thérèse started learning about wine as a 17 year old when her father gave her the Esserts parcel in the Charrat vineyard area to look after (where now we get the magnificent Grain Pinot Charrat wine). This inspired her and after six years of study and hard work, she took on the entire estate and produced her first vintage in 1988. Back then it was just 1.5 hectares, not enough to make a living but over the years she has grown the estate either by purchasing or renting new plots of vines so that now she farms 10 hectares in total and produces around 60 000 bottles a year across over 20 different Cuvee.

The vines hug the mountain side in the beautiful Valais region

By considering herself just an artisan and custodian of the land, Marie-Therese seeks to highlight and bring out the best of this specific corner of her country. Since 1997, she has done this following biodynamic principles. No detail is overlooked in her approach which starts with meticulous work in the vineyards, including biodynamic preparations such as horn-manure, horn silica, and compost. This work is gruelling, as the vines range from 150-950 metres above sea level on very steep terraces which can only be reached on foot and do not allow tractors or even horses to be used. The dedication continues in the cellar, there are no interventions all at save for a small amount of sulphur in certain but not all Cuvee. Chappaz wines are now demeter certified.

This work is done by tough hands
This work is done by tough hands....

Marie-Thérèse’s work was recognised by the prestigious Gault et Millau gastronomy guide, who named her 'Winemaker of the Year' in 1996. She has been subsequently listed among the top 100 winemakers in the world and in 2016 received the title of Swiss Wine Icon, in recognition of her dedication to quality and commitment to building the reputation of Swiss wines. 

On November 8, 2015 at the Villa d’Este Wine Symposium in Cernobbio, Italy on the shores of Lake Como, Marie-Thérèse was awarded the Lalique Award of Excellence, 'Lady of Wine'. This prestigious honour caps her extraordinary career in wine.