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Canton in the far east of Switzerland on the border with Austria. The vineyards cover 384 hectares and belong to the wine region of German-speaking Switzerland. Around 50 hectares of vineyards in the Misoxtal (Mesolcina), which politically belongs to Graubünden, are part of the Ticino wine-growing region. The wine-growing communities in the northern "Bündner Herrschaft" area are Fläsch, Jenins Maienfeld and Malans (the famous white wine Completer was mentioned here as early as 1321). The climate is characterised by plenty of sunshine and the southerly Föhn wind blowing through the Rhine Valley. This downslope wind is characteristically called the "grape cooker" because it favours the formation of sugar in the grapes. The majority (90%) of the wines produced are "Bündner Rheinweine". These are strong, high-alcohol red wines made from Pinot Noir (also known here as Klevner or Chlävner), which are mostly matured in barriques. Other varieties are Müller-Thurgau and Chardonnay. Well-known wine-growing towns are Chur (capital with Bischofsgut), Fläsch, Jenins, Maienfeld and Malans with the traditional dessert wine Completer.

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