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These days, Swiss winemakers in numerous wine regions around the world are causing a sensation and a stir.

Swiss winemakers abroad

Farmers who see no future in their home country, people looking for an alternative life, investors, visionaries: for the Swiss, there are many good reasons for realizing the dream of having a winery abroad. In any case, it requires a lot of effort, a great deal of composure and, last but not least, the necessary financial means. These days, Swiss winemakers in numerous wine regions around the world are causing a sensation and a stir.
Former banker Marcel Bühler has moved to the south of France, where he has established Domaine des Enfants in the Roussillon appellation. The dreary office has been replaced with a magical landscape. The hustle and bustle have given way to peace and contentment: Bühler cultivates exceptional vines and watches the modest plants grow and thrive in his care. The end product – authentic wines rich in character – brings joy not only to himself but to others, too, and maybe even strikes a chord with them. Wine as a natural and cultural product. This also applies to the special bottling L'Enfant Perdu for the Edition Peter Keller, which is available exclusively at Mondovino.
While Marcel Bühler can now look back on a 15-year history, Barbara Widmer, who works in Tuscany, is celebrating a number of anniversaries this year. 40 years ago, her parents acquired the neglected Brancaia estate at the heart of the classic Chianti region, not as a prestigious investment, but with the aim of producing high-quality wines – and they have achieved this. In the autumn, the 2018 vintage will be the 30th vintage of their top wine Il Blu – a cuvée made from merlot, sangiovese and cabernet sauvignon – to enter the market. It is also the 20th vintage for which Barbara Widmer will be responsible. Plus, in 2021 she will be celebrating her 50th birthday. It’s hardly possible to have any more celebrations.
Brancaia is certainly one of the best-known Swiss-owned wineries abroad. But the number could soon grow thanks to various other names. Musician Dieter Meier owns the Ojo de Agua estate in Argentina. Swiss entrepreneur Silvio Denz is heavily involved in Bordeaux – he owns Châteaux Faugères, Péby-Faugères and Lafaurie-Peyraguey. And there may also be an insider's tip in Germany: Urban Kaufmann, who once ran a renowned cheese dairy in Switzerland, took over a winery in Rheingau and is now taking it to new heights.