Switzerland Chocolate, Cheese and Wine Guide

Food & Beverage, Site InSpections, Switzerland Tour Guide

When it comes to Switzerland chocolate, cheese and wine, what better combination could you offer your group? Check out these locations for the best the country has to offer.

Imagine yourself atop rolling green hills overlooking vast vineyards and mountains as you delight in the aromas and tastes of an assortment of cheeses, chocolates and wines. In Switzerland, your group will not only learn how these mouth-watering delights are made, but also be able to taste to their hearts’ content amid the spectacular scenery found all across the country. The Switzerland chocolate, cheese and wine scene is strong, and we’ve compiled some of the standouts that groups will love.

Switzerland Cheese

In Switzerland, cheese is a living slice of popular and culinary culture. A must for the cheese lovers in your group is a visit to a weekly market to see farmers’ tables stacked high with wheels of cheese. Here are some major cheese attractions.

Gottardo Dairy, Airolo

At the Gottardo dairy in Airolo, your group can use the milk produced by cows in the San Gottardo region to make their own cheese with the help of an experienced cheese maker. When their freshly made cheese has matured, it will be sent home to them.

Appenzell Show Dairy, Stein

Appenzeller®, the country’s spiciest cheese, has been made by hand in the same general way for more than 700 years. At the Appenzell cheese dairy in Stein, you can watch the cheese makers up close and see age-old customs and the latest technology come together. Visit the souvenir shop and eat at a large terrace restaurant overlooking the countryside. Groups can try the Appenzell Cheese Game that tests your wits, orienteering skills and team spirit.

La Maison du Gruyère AOP, Pringy-Gruyères

Le Gruyère AOP produces 29,000 tons of cheese annually. La Maison du Gruyère is a modern show dairy that opened in 1969. At the foot of the castle hill, your group partakes in the dairy’s interactive exhibition—listening to cow bells, petting a cow, smelling the fragrance of Alpine hay and tasting mild, ripe or fresh cheese. The restaurant and the market offer other regional specialties.

Switzerland Chocolate

Throughout the 400+ years since Columbus became the first European to see cocoa beans, Switzerland has made its way to the forefront of worldwide chocolate manufacturing. Swiss chocolate is great by itself, with an espresso, or with sweet wine, whisky or Cognac. Try as many combinations as you wish during your visit.

“Swiss Chocolate Adventure”, Lucerne

The Swiss Museum of Transport’s “Swiss Chocolate Adventure” is a multimedia Swiss chocolate-focused experience. Your group will learn interesting facts about the discovery, origin, production and transport of chocolate, all while seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting and feeling. Developed in conjunction with the Lindt Chocolate Competence Foundation, this exhibit portrays the entire process from the cultivation of the cocoa bean and the transport to Switzerland up to the manufacture and sale of the finished chocolate product.

The Switzerland Chocolate Train, Montreux

The Switzerland Chocolate Train is a joint venture of GoldenPass Services and Cailler-Nestlé. Ride in first-class comfort in a Belle Epoque Pullman car, vintage 1915 and/or the modern panorama car with stunning views of the vineyards surrounding Montreux and medieval Gruyères. Depart Montreux, ride to Gruyères (home of the famous Gruyère cheese) and continue to Broc, where you will find the chocolate factory.

Tickets may include coffee and croissants on the train, a bus to and from the Gruyères train station, a visit to a cheese factory, and/or a film presentation, factory visit and chocolate sampling at the Nestlé Chocolate Factory.

Café Sprüngli, Zurich

Melt-in-your-mouth truffles, light and delicate Luxemburgerli macarons, handmade dark chocolate, tarts and cakes are just a small taste of the many sweet and tempting treats at the café of Confiserie Sprüngli at Paradeplatz. This classic and famous café-salon in the city is known for its gourmet brunch buffet with homemade bread, fresh jams and marmalades and delicious bircher müesli with cream.

Switzerland Wine

Swiss wine is produced from more than 37,000 acres of vineyards, primarily in the west and in the south of Switzerland, in the cantons of Geneva, Neuchâtel, Ticino, Valais and Vaud.

Ticino Grape Festival, Mendrisio

The festival, originating in 1944, takes place in the heart of Mendrisio’s old town during the last weekend in September. The inner courts of the old houses open for the public and turn into open-air Grotti, where people drink wine and specialties from the region.

Vine and Wine Museum, Aigle

The Vine and Wine Museum has been located in Aigle Castle since 1976. There are 17 rooms showcasing wine production in Vaud canton, in Switzerland and in neighboring countries. Other exhibits include tools, winepresses, casks, stills, pewter jugs, barrels, measures, bottles, corks and corkscrews, taster cups and glasses and carafes.

Lavaux Express, Lutry-Cully

Discover the vineyards of Lavaux, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of 800-year-old terraced vineyards on the edge of Lake Geneva with dramatic views of the Alps. From April to October, this charming train travels on a one-hour journey throughout the hillsides of the Lavaux wine-growing region. Your group will have the opportunity to try regional wines onsite.

Your group will thank you for such a unique, delicious and naturally beautiful experience. Contact Switzerland Tourism to help you plan your trip to Switzerland, where flowing wine and pounds of chocolate and cheese await.


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