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Païen or Heida (Savagnin Blanc)

When we talk about Paien, called Heida in Upper Valais, we’re referring to the Valais name given to the white wine that comes from the Savagnin grape-which is also known as Traminer.

Gewurztraminer is a genetic mutation of this grape. The first recorded mention of it in Valais was in the middle of the 16th century in the minutes of a meeting in the Visp (Viège) district, but it is likely that it was grown in the region much earlier. Its name implies that it appeared before Christianity. It was at first grown on slopes near Visperterminen, up to 1,100 metres altitude, making these some of the highest vines in Europe.

Today this variety is being more widely planted, in French-speaking Valais as well German-speaking areas. Its wines offer a range of notes from citrus fruits to exotic fruits, and in mouth they are delightfully long, blending vinosity, a sharp liveliness and structure. This is a wine that can be drunk young or after several years in the cellar

Serve at 8° -10° C

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