Verbier Wine Festival - Ticino - Malcantone Sessa

Ticino, Merlot’s happy home

On the southern slope of the Alps, the Ticino region enjoys a sunny climate influenced by the Mediterranean. Ticino is divided into two regions: Sopraceneri (Bellinzone) to the north of Monte Ceneri where there are still vines in pergolas, and Sottoceneri (Lugano) to the south. The Ticino vineyards are traditionally scattered, in small plots.

On nearly 80 percent of Ticino's vines, Merlot is grown which, when it enjoys a favorable situation and is vinified according to the rules of the art, sets itself up as a real competitor to the red wines of Bordeaux. We can say that he found a second home in Ticino.

Merlot Bianco, a Merlot wine vinified in white, is gaining more and more followers.


Area 1'012 ha
Distribution 10% white, 90% red
Climate Mediterranean (sunny but wet and stormy)
Soils Gneiss in the north, limestone in the south
Cultivation Terraces and pergolas
Source OFAG 2021

Ticino vineyard's map

Carte du vignoble tessinois

White grapes

Grape Area Weight
Chardonnay 47 ha 4.6%
Sauvignon blanc 20 ha 2.0%

Red grapes

Grape Area Weight
Merlot 879 ha 86.9%
Cabernet franc 15 ha 1.5%
Cabernet Sauvignon 14 ha 1.4%
Pinot Noir 12 ha 1.2%
Gamaret 10 ha 1.0%

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