The Testuz story began in 1538 in Treytorrens. Its founders, who were fleeing war, chose to settle on the banks of Lake Geneva, where they found safe haven. For more than 300 years, hardworking winegrowers have been cultivating this land and surveying the steep slopes of Lavaux.
In 1845, the Testuz family founded its first wine business. The expertise of the Maison has been recognized in the winemaking world for three generations. Coup de l’Etrier and Arbalète are must-haves in the wine market.
In 2015, after a number of difficult years, Testuz joined Maison Obrist, thereby benefitting from the support and facilities of a large group.
A new team was formed in autumn 2021. Led by director Daniel Dufaux and with the support of Head of Winemaking Lionel Chevalley, Maison Testuz is returning to its former strength. Their aim is to spread the Testuz heritage throughout the winemaking world, with the promise of high-quality wines.
A number of projects are planned, including restoring the Treytorrens production site with the bringing in of the next harvest. A new dedicated welcome and wine tourism area will also be set up at Treytorrens.
The aims in terms of winemaking are clear: Maison Testuz is refocusing exclusively on the Lavaux wines: its mainstay Coup de l’Etrier, Arbalète at Dézaley, Roche Ronde at Saint-Saphorin and Puiné at Calamin.
The Testuz vineyard has an exceptional background that has been woven into the history of the Lavaux region for five centuries. And this is what provides lasting support for the objective of high-quality Testuz wines that promise “excellence and quality”. care. For years now the dry, fruity Chasselas has been Lavaux's reference wine.