Dole is a light-hearted Valais wine that is the offspring of the two most widely planted red grapes in Valais, Pinot Noir and Gamay.
Together they account for 85 % of the vines, with Pinot Noir the majority grape variety. Other red grapes may be included in the blend: Gamaret, Garanoir, Carminoir, Ancellotta, Diolinoir, Merlot and Syrah are all used.
Some add colour to the wine, others give structure and tannins while yet others add a touch of aromatic fun.
The ever-present Valais Dole is capable of a multitude of expressions, reflecting the terroirs and producers. Each one is a new discovery.
In the wake of elegant Dole, winemakers have gradually developed other white and red blends. These are wines clearly designed by producers whose creativity is centred around the complementary aspects of different grape varieties. Robust, powerful, ambitious and original: these wines are often matured in oak and are very good with hearty, well-flavoured dishes.