What is Lafnetscha?

Lafnetscha is an ancient, extremely rare Swiss grape variety used in the production of white wine.

Where is Lafnetscha grown?

The obscure Lafnetscha grape is grown exclusively in the Upper Valais region of Switzerland, where it thrives in the cool conditions. It’s presence was first recorded in this area as long back as the early seventeenth century, however were it not for the intervention and ingenuity of local producers, it would most likely have disappeared from the nation’s vineyards.

What is the origin of the name Lafnetscha?

The name Lafnetscha is thought to derive from local Swiss German dialect Laff nicht schon which means ‘don’t drink already’. This refers to these wines being less approachable in youth, with the potential to improve markedly with age.