Chandra Kurt

  • Valais, Switzerland

Based in Zürich, Chandra Kurt is Switzerland’s foremost wine writer, educator, and critic. She has authored more than 20 books on wine, including Chasselas – from Féchy to Dézaley – A journey to discover the treasures of the Vaud vineyards and the annual guide Weinseller, along with her wine magazine Weinseller Journal. She studied at the Universities of Zürich and Lausanne and the Institute of Masters of Wine in London. Putting her experience to practice and following her passion for Switzerland’s indigenous varieties, she has launched her own line of wines from vineyards in Geneva, Vaud, and the Valais. Rather than a purely commercial exercise, her wines are an extension of her desire to understand the interaction of terroir and variety and to make wines that are not only a pleasure to drink but reveal something unique and special about the wine styles of her home.

Her collection of wines includes a fresh and vibrantly youthful Chasselas from Geneva aptly named Glou Glou Chasselas, a range of Chasselas from the distinct terroirs of the Vaud, and a selection of indigenous varieties and wine styles from the Valais. She assembles each project first by understanding the vineyards, then guiding the winemaking to be as minimalist as possible. Thus, what is in the bottle is a pure reflection place and variety. While this may seem overly academic, it is a great way to begin to understand that the complexity of Swiss wines is truly worth exploring.

This profile and tasting notes were edited from the European Cellars website, along with the pictures used. For more information please visit: European Cellars.
Image Producer PRODUCT Description Country / Region

DB3552-20
Sustainable
Chandra Kurt Glou Glou Chasselas
2020
Chasselas
100% Chasselas from 10-20 year old vines grown in alluvial clay, and gravel soils. Hand harvested, fermented in stainless steel tanks. No...
Switzerland

DB3553-19
Sustainable
Chandra Kurt Cornalin
2019
Cornalin
This cuvée is a collaboration between Chandra Kurt and oenologist Madeleine Gay made from Cornalin plated on clay-limestone soils near...
Switzerland

DB3551-19
Sustainable
Chandra Kurt Dôle
2019
Pinot Noir
65% Pinot Noir and 35% Gamay,  planted on limestone and slate soils in the heart of the Valais near Sion. Dôle is the local name for this...
Switzerland