The Route of the Wine Trail
The Wine Trail consists of 41 miles (66km) of hiking trails, graded roads, and some sections of paved road. The path is set at elevations between 1475 and 2625 vertical feet (450-800 meters). The Wine Trail can be enjoyed on foot or on bicycle.
Starting in Martigny with its Roman amphitheater, the Wine Trail crosses the Rhône River and enters the Grand Cru vineyards of Fully. The walk passes below the ramparts of Saillon, Valais’ best-preserved medieval village, before continuing on to Leytron, Conthey, and into Sion, the largest city and capital of Valais.
From Sion, which is guarded over by two hilltop castles, you’ll continue through Ollon, Loc, and through Venthône on the hillside above Sierre. On to Salgesch, the Wine Trail leads through Varen and into Leuk.
You can walk the entire route or just select the sections that interest you the most. One particularly popular section is the 4-mile (6km) route between Sierre and Salgesch, and features the 16th-century Chateau de Villa and Vinothèque as the starting point in Sierre and the Wine and Vineyard Museum in Salgesch at the conclusion. Along the way you pass from French-speaking area of Switzerland into the German-speaking region. This section of the Wine Trail is featured on Alpenwild’s Cheese, Chocolate and the Scenic Alps tour, along with other historic sites, wineries, and restaurants in Valais.
For More Information
Although little is available in English, there is a detailed route guide published in French and German (Chemin du Vignoble |Weinweg) which is available from local tourism offices. You can also find additional information and resources in French at www.cheminduvignoble.ch or in German at www.weinweg.ch