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Domaine de Beudon

Autumn view from the Rhone Valley of the biodynamic Domaine de Beudon, nestled at 800 meters of altitude in the swiss Valais.

Autumn view from the Rhone Valley of Beudon, nestled at 800 meters of altitude in Valais.

Its motto « Les vignes dans le ciel » (vines in the sky) is not a marketing gimmick. Domaine de Beudon is literally perched at an altitude of 900 meters on an outcrop of rock – hence the name Beudon, meaning “belly” – like an eagle’s nest hanging over the Rhône valley.

Completely isolated by high cliffs, the Domain is only accessible by foot or a small private cable car.

Once reached, time freezes amidst the scent of oak, pine, chestnut and almond trees. But one must not lower his guard. When in the early 70’s Jacques Granges settled in to produce wines, he was nicknamed the “Crazy”. And it is on these steep slopes – up to 50 degrees –that he met his tragic death in 2016.

Domaine de Beudon’s legendary cable car heading to the top where the biodynamic Chasselas is grown.

Domaine de Beudon’s legendary cable car.

Thanks to very specific pedological and microclimatic factors, the Domain is endowed with an exceptional diversity of plant and animal species, which coexist with the vines. The preservation of this extraordinary treasure demands gentle farming methods in harmony with nature. For these reasons, Jacques and Marion Granges have opted after year of observation for biodynamic farming. Beudon is in fact one of the world’s first certified biodynamic wineries – totally since 1992.

The domain is completely autonomous using the stream on its west side for household and land use. It is a source as well for a small hydroelectric power station.

Its enchanted site and the inimitable personality of its wines have made Beudon an icon in the Swiss alpine region of Valais. It has been immortalized in the TV5 Monde report “les domaines du possible” and in the award-winning book of Jason Wilson “God-forsaken grapes”.

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