History of viticulture in Switzerland
The Romans also spread viticulture in Switzerland. This is evidenced by vine knives found by archaeologists on estates in western Switzerland and in the towns of Nyon and Martigny. South of the Alps, in the canton of Ticino, as well as in western Switzerland, however, vines were most likely planted even before Roman colonization. In Saint-Blaise on Lake Neuchâtel, grape seeds from the Neolithic period (3000-1800 BC) were discovered. This makes Switzerland one of the oldest wine-growing regions in Europe.
As in most other European regions, monks acted as wine pioneers. From the 6th century onwards, Cistercians increasingly cultivated wine in what is now the canton of Vaud and played a major role in its spread on Swiss territory. In particular, the foundation of the monastery of Dézalay represents a milestone in the history of viticulture in Switzerland. Dézelay is not only one of the first wineries in Switzerland, but has been able to maintain its excellent reputation until today. Because from there come the highest quality appellations.