Hello Cheese and Wine Lovers!
We come to one of those small but surprising Swiss corners. This month we travel to Appenzell to give you a taste of the great variety and flavor offered in this canton. April wants to start with all the freshness and flavor that our Hohe Lust wine from the Ochsentorkel winery brings to you.
About the region
The canton of Appenzell is divided into two semi-cantons, Innerhoden and Ausserrhoden, both with a total area of 4.77 hectares of vineyards, so they are considered one of the smallest wine regions in Switzerland; however, they have their AOC designation and the recognition of their fine and high-quality Pinot Noir. The vineyards are usually planted on the slopes of the hills and enjoy a particular climate that has allowed the development of viticulture. In this region mainly Pinot Noir is planted but the winegrowers have bet on the cultivation of other varieties such as Johanniter, Seyval Blanc, Marechal Foch, and Leon Millot, among others, managing to expand its variety and quality of products.
About Ochsentorkel Weinbau
The winery’s vineyards are located in Buechberg, Thal, where 12 varieties of grapes are harvested, producing between 25 and 30 thousand bottles per year. The beginnings of Ochsentorkel AG go back more than 100 years. Originally created from a cooperative that was acquired by Tom Kobel to run his own company and be the creator of a wide variety of wines. Tom’s philosophy is governed by the triad of Nature, Culture, and Tradition.
Hohe Lust 2019
Ochsentorkel AG brings to us this wine called Hohe Lust, a white, dry blend of Seyval Blanc and Johanniter with an aromatic profile of citrus and white flowers and subtle woody notes, fresh acidity, and flavors of lemon, lime, green apple, and a medium-long persistence that will allow you to enjoy this pleasant sensation for much longer.
Swiss Artisanal Cheese and Wine Pairing
You cannot miss this delicious combination between the Urnäscher Edelweiss Paprika-Pfeffermantel, which is a soft, creamy cheese with a touch of spices and our Hohe Lust wine with a citric profile and fresh acidity; the aromas and textures that result from this union are simply unique and will leave a mark in your mouth difficult to forget.
In contrast, our Urnäscher Weinmutschli, which is a semi-hard cheese, matured and infused with red wine, seems not to be a good companion for white wine, but we want you to dare to try this unique combination; the acidity present in the wine accentuates the creamy and woody notes of the cheese without losing its citric profile and likewise, the fusion allows us to enjoy a peculiar texture in every bite.
Appenzell opens its doors for you to enjoy an excellent selection of cheese and wine in April. At L’Atelier du Fromage we strive to share with you every month a special Apéro Box, unique, with high-quality products, and above all selected with love. Don’t miss it!