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Grisons

Canton in the extreme 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 Misox Valley (Mesolcina), which politically belongs to the Grisons, are part of the Ticino wine region. The winegrowing communities in the northern part of the "Bündner Herrschaft" are Fläsch, Jenins Maienfeld and Malans (the famous white wine Completer was already mentioned here in 1321). The climate is characterised by a lot of sunshine as well as the southern foehn wind blowing through the Rhine valley. This fall wind is typically called "grape cooker" here because it favours the formation of sugar in the grapes. The majority (90%) of the wines produced are "Bündner Rheinweine". These are strong, alcohol-rich red wines from Pinot Noir (also known here as Klevner or Chlävner), which are mostly aged in barriques. Other varieties are Müller-Thurgau and Chardonnay. Well-known wine-growing villages are Chur (capital with bishop's estate), Fläsch, Jenins, Maienfeld and Malans with the traditional dessert wine Completer.

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