Founded in 1987 in Chippis in Valais, ‘Les Bernunes’ was, back then, a very small winery. The winemaking process took place in the basement of the family home. With great care and hard work on the vines, the estate grew and improved its quality over time. It was in 1994 that the Zufferey family eventually built a wine cellar. In 2013, extension work was carried out to build, amongst other things, a wine workshop, a barrel cellar, a reception area and a terrace with breathtaking views of the vineyards.
The family business is run by five to six people who receive occasional assistance when it is time for green pruning and harvesting.
Knowledge and savoir-faire thus began to be passed down through the generations.
The environment, product and terroir remain constant priorities for all involved. Delivering the fullest expression of the Bernunes terroir is also highly important. The Zufferey family places quality at the heart of their work, and demonstrates this by offering a range of wines made exclusively from the Bernunes terroir. Find out more about our wine ranges.
The work on our vineyards involves great care and respect.
Pruning and leaf pulling are adapted to each vineyard and each vine stock to provide the best quality grapes. Yields are rather low, resulting in optimum, homogeneous maturity.
We also adapt how we work the soil to suit each plot. Many plots are covered with grass to preserve biodiversity and soil structure. Horses work on certain plots, providing working methods that are kinder to the soil.
Every year, new techniques are tested on a small portion of the harvest, but, on the whole, the winemaking process remains very traditional.
The aim is to not alter the organoleptic quality of the wine and to respect the product. A small proportion of the wine is aged in oak barrels for two years.
The Cave des Bernunes is open on Fridays and Saturdays during its opening hours and by appointment.