Experience the sparkling Valais autumn
Once the effervescence of summer has passed, and before you hit the snowy slopes, autumn offers a chance to live at a gentler pace, enjoy the pleasures of life and experience the glorious Valais landscapes in beautiful autumnal colours. Discover our ten finest autumn walks, ten mouth-watering wine experiences and our top tips for autumn – along with news of our upcoming press trips. And meet Ilona Thétaz and David Crettenand, two inspiring Valais people who have created local projects that are original, daring and eco-friendly.
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Try one of the 10 finest autumn walks in Valais
The Valais climate is among the sunniest in Switzerland. Autumn is the ideal season to make the most of the warm temperatures and sunshine to explore nature in its finest colours. We have chosen the ten finest walks to enjoy at this magnificent time of year. From Leukerbad, hike down the spectacular Dala valley towards the vineyards that overlook the only wild stretch of the River Rhône. Alternatively, enjoy a panoramic walk towards a spectacular mountain pass high above the Val d’Illiez, the Col du Cou, on the border between Switzerland and France. Did you know this was a prized smuggling route for sugar, butter, tobacco and watches until the 1950s?
Discover our top tips for foodies
With 5,000 hectares of vineyards, Valais is Switzerland’s leading winegrowing region. The favourable climate – dry and sunny – and the diversity of soils enable nearly 60 grape varieties to flourish. Learn all about the wines of Valais and the traditional expertise used to make them as you explore the region’s scenic terraced vineyards, with their 3,000 km of dry-stone walls. For example, set off on an adventure through the Valais vineyards with the electric bikes at “Les Celliers de Sion” and stop off at a “guérite” – a converted winegrower’s cabin within the wine estate – to enjoy a dish of local specialities.
Gather the first chestnuts and enjoy a delicious “brisolée”
In former times, Valais was responsible for a large share of Switzerland’s chestnut harvest. Visitors today can enjoy delightful walks in the magnificent chestnut forests, and experience the traditions surrounding this heritage at the groves in Fully and Mörel – and at the big chestnut festival held in Fully every October. Book a table at one of the many restaurants that offer “brisolée”, a delicious local dish of roast chestnuts served with a variety of cheeses, dried meat and autumn fruit.
Experience Valais on one of our press trips
An excursion up to Croix-de-Culet with a cheese fondue and 360° panoramic views of the Région Dents du Midi, a hike along a historical “bisse” irrigation channel with a delicious Raclette meal at Nendaz, an exploration of the capital of Valais and its history through the “Sion Wine & Dine Culture Tour”, a tasting of the region’s emblematic wines at “Les Celliers de Sion”… These are some of the highlights of the “Wine and Gastronomic delights in Valais” press trip from 12 to 16 October 2021.
Tempted to join us? Or would you like to find out about the other press trips we have planned? Don’t hesitate to get in touch.
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Our top tips
Tip 1The perfect weekend for foodies
The Valais autumn offers everyone who enjoys food and drink a mouth-watering variety of activities and attractions. From gourmet hikes or bike rides to vineyard and brewery visits, the possibilities are vast. To help you choose, we have devised the perfect weekend for foodies.Further information
Tip 2Autumn recipes
Like the idea of Gourmet Valais canapés, Williams pears wrapped in IGP cured ham, or a Chestnut chocolate pavé? Check out our traditional recipes along with new and original ideas based on Valais delicacies. Bon appétit!Further information
Tip 3Where to buy local produce
Don’t return home from Valais with your hands empty! Pick up some goodies to bring back with you. Vegetables and fruit bursting with vitamins, crusty bread, tasty cured meat, cheese and dairy products: find the best of Valais at these outlets selling local produce.Further information
Tip 416 October 2021: the “Marathon des Saveurs”
The “Marathon of Flavours” is a convivial event on foot that combines gastronomy and exercise. The walk along the Chemin du Vignoble (“Vineyard Trail”) takes in five tasting stops featuring local wines and delicacies. For the first time, the 2021 edition offers a choice of routes, with a new itinerary between Sion and Chamoson in addition to the existing one between Sion and Salgesch. On your marks, get set, enjoy!Further information
Meet two inspiring local Valais personalities who have created eco-friendly projects that boost the local economy.
From: Lucerne region
Note: Ilona grows grapes, makes natural wines and produces apricots. Her farm, “Ô Fâya Farm” at Combe Arrangée above Saxon, has converted to organic methods of cultivation in 2021.
Valais in figures
300 days of sunshine a year
45 summits above 4,000 metres
8,000 km of hiking trails
40,000 hectares of natural parks
100 working “bisses” (historical irrigation channels)
More than 50 grape varieties
1/3 of Switzerland’s vineyards
8 AOP and IGP products
70 typical products with the “Valais” brand label
1,815 tons of Raclette du Valais AOP cheese produced in 2020