The perfect weekend for gourmets
Valais gastronomy is as generous as the rays of sunshine that caress the region’s hillsides and make it the perfect place for producing exceptional vintages. Togetherness is the key to this love of life where sharing is a constant presence. Artisanal tastemakers invest their passion and know-how into producing local specialities, giving you the opportunity to discover the unparalleled flavour of their produce. So that you don’t miss out on anything the Valais region has to offer, including the specialities that make it so proud, check out our itinerary for a weekend tailor-made to tickle the taste buds of the most demanding gourmet enthusiasts.
Day 1 - Friday
Chemin du Vignoble and wine tasting.
Kick off your Valais adventure with a walk through the vineyards along the Chemin du Vignoble. Across four stages, you can explore the Valais hillsides from Martigny to Leuk. You can also use your Valais Wine Pass to taste local grape varieties in partner establishments – the perfect way to experience an aperitif Valais-style.
The secrets of rye bread and a meal at a “Saveurs du Valais” restaurant.
In the afternoon, discover the secrets behind the production of an essential element in any “assiette valaisanne”: rye bread. This robust cereal has been cultivated in Valais for centuries, but only those who make their own bread following the instructions of an expert can hold the true secret. End your day by enjoying a Valais speciality at one the “Saveurs du Valais” (Flavours of Valais) restaurants: raclette, assiette valaisanne (Valais platter), fondue (or brisolée depending on the season) are not to be missed when visiting Valais.
Day 2 - Saturday
Walk along a bisse, discover drystone walls and enjoy a tasting session.
Start your day with a walk along the Bisse de Clavau, where you can admire the traditional drystone walls that are masterpieces in their own right. As an integral part of the Valais landscape, they are proof of an ancestral know-how which has been awarded UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage status. You can also participate in a gourmet walk which includes a hike and a tasting session of local products.
Meet the winemakers and enjoy a gourmet meal.
In the afternoon, meet the Valais winemakers who enjoy sharing their passion for their vines and their wine. There are many different wine experiences available, from wine tasting to an escape game, and even a “rando-apéro” that offers the chance to enjoy an aperitif while strolling through the vineyards. Finally, end your day of discovery in style at one of the Gault&Millau restaurants for a high-flying gourmet experience.
Day 3 - Sunday
Brewery visit and brunch.
While the reputation of Valais’s winemaking heritage is well established, its rich brewing culture remains an insider secret. Visit one of Valais’s many breweries and learn about the passion that goes into brewing their beers. For your midday meal, what could be better than brunch crammed full of tasty local products?
Unwind at the thermal baths and savour some local treats.
After so many tasty discoveries, it’s time to relax. Sauna, hammam, aromatherapy, massages, thermal baths: take it easy and treat your body and mind. Before the weekend comes to an end, go shopping and let your loved ones experience Valais’s famous love of life by delighting them with a selection of local products. Or treat yourself and take home a few of these local specialities to see you through to your next visit.