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“Heidiland”, March 9, 2012

Very early in the morning on March 9, 2012, a group of die-hard Swiss Ordre Mondial members boarded a minibus for a day-long trip to visit some famous wine- makers in the Grisons wine region called “Bündner Herrschaft”.

The first stop was a rural restaurant in Maienfeld so a country-style breakfast accompanied by a Sauvignon Blanc from local producers Rudolf & Ursina Wullschleger.

With palates suitably tuned up, the next activity was a surprise tour through the vineyards of the villages of Jenins, Malans and Fläsch – all great names on the Swiss wine scene.

Mid-morning the group was welcomed by Thomas Marugg of the Marugg winery in Fläsch, the smallest of the wine-producing villages in the area.

In the impressive barrique cellar the tasting started with three white wines, a Fläscher Riesling/Sylvaner blend, a Pinot Gris and a Federweiss (a white wine made of red grapes). The second round presented the red wines: a Pinot Noir selection, a Barrique Pinot Noir “Kruog” and finally the “Britis”, a cuvée of Pinot Noir and Diolinoir.

Following this heavenly event for wine lovers, the group headed for lunch at the Restaurant Mühle in Fläsch. Maître Rôtisseur Martin Hermann and his wife Bernadette welcomed the group with a Fläscher vin mousseux and some exquisite appetizers.

A delicious three-course menu comprised: halibut paired with a Sauvignon Blanc, knuckle of veal with a well-chosen Pinot Noir from Daniel Gantenbein and for the dessert, a sweet wine tart with the matching sweet wine from Thomas Marugg.

After this lunch – a gastronomic and oenological highlight – the group headed to the Jürg Obrecht winery, the largest wine-making company in the Jenins area, owned and managed by the Obrecht family for many generations.

A guided tour with oenologist Pauline Kruseman through their production facilities revealed that Obrecht produces wine with traditional methods as well as by using the most up to date technology. At the subsequent tasting in their cosy tasting room a top quality selection of their white wines (Riesling/Silvaner, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris) and among the reds a Pinot Noir Barrique Calander, a Dornfelder and a Dornoir were served, competently commented by Pauline.

At the end of this highly successful and fascinating day trip that proved to be “really hard work”, it was the unanimous opinion of all participants that a big “thank you” was due to the organisers:

- Sepp Schriber, Vice-Echanson
- Christoph Hürlimann, Vice-Chancelier/ Argentier
- Piet Bächler, Vice-Conseiller Gastronomique.

“Let’s plan a next trip in the very near future!” everyone chorused.

August Meierhofer, Chargé de Presse