Join Simon Hardy DipWSET to discover Switzerland’s key wine regions, lesser-known local grape varieties and international varietal wines. You'll taste the quality that can be found in this under-the-radar country alongside some delicious Swiss cheeses.
Switzerland is a lesser-known wine-producing country for the simple reason that virtually all the wine it produces is consumed in the country, which leaves little for the rest of the world.
At around the same size as the vineyards of Alsace, the country is a treasure trove of indigenous grape varieties, many of them found only in Switzerland, growing alongside more familiar international varieties.
The unique Alpine terroir has been shaped over thousands of years by the receding glaciers and its wide diversity of climates is heavily influenced by countless rivers, lakes and mountains.
At this unique tasting, Simon Hardy DipWSET will guide you through Switzerland’s six wine regions and its local grape varieties. You'll sample eight distinctive wines including Chasselas and Petite Arvine whites, Cornalin and Humagne Rouge reds, and some world-class Pinot Noir and Merlot.
You'll also get the chance to taste a selection of fine Swiss cheeses from Mons Cheesemongers in Borough Market.
Please note: this is the same event that was run in February 2023, though the selection of wines will be different.
Example wine list
Aperitif: Massy Vins - Epesses La Crosse (Chasselas)
Schlossgut Bachtobel - MT (Müller-Thurgau)
Domaine Jean-René Germanier - Petite Arvine
Les Frères Dutruy - Dézaley Grand Cru Les Terrasses (Chasselas)
Domaine des Muses - Chardonnay Réserve
Roman Hermann - Pinot Noir Grand Maître
Domaine Jean-René Germanier - Humagne Rouge Réserve
Brivio Vini - Baiocco (Merlot)
Domaine des Muses - Cornalin
About the presenter, Simon Hardy DipWSET
Simon is a leading UK expert on the wines of Switzerland and manages a programme of marketing and promotional initiatives for Swiss wines in the UK. He gained the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits in 2010 and has been judging at the IWC competition since 2018. After a 25-year career in consumer marketing and business strategy at Nestlé, Simon founded Fitting Wines in 2010 in Switzerland where he developed a personal wine shopper service for expats. Now based in London, he creates informative and memorable wine experiences for adventurous wine lovers and works with progressive resellers in the retail and hospitality sectors. He also communicates about wine via video, tv, radio and print media.
Booking terms and conditions
Payment in full must be made at the time of booking and places are not confirmed until payment has been received. Unfortunately we cannot take provisional bookings.
Cancellations and transfers
- Cancellations and transfers can be made up to two weeks before the event.
- Cancellations within 10 working days are non-refundable and cannot be transferred to another event.
- If you need to change a name on the booking, please give us as much notice as possible.
- WSET School London reserves the right to cancel an event. If necessary, a full refund or transfer will be offered.
Please note: The sample list and speaker/s may be subject to change.
Intermediate: An in-depth exploration of a particular topic. Some prior knowledge is beneficial – such as a WSET Level 2 qualification – but these sessions will be enjoyable and educational for anyone with an interest in the subject.