Maison du remuage - quartier

Remuage and its districts

The relationship between Sierre and its districts is defined by the phenomenon of remuage, a tradition unique to the region. Find out more here.
With the passing of the seasons and as dictated by the needs of the vines, the inhabitants travelled between their village in the Val d’Anniviers and their specific Sierre district. Families, livestock, priests and doctors: the whole village population relocated several times a year. In fact, each district in Sierre has its own association with Anniviers. This way of life, more commonly known as transhumance, is the very essence of life in Sierre. The districts evolved to respond to the changing needs of the population, preserving the historical character of the town all the while.
A brief overview...


This quartier, which initially formed the centre of Sierre, grew up in the 14th century. It was open to the country beyond, with no town wall or ramparts. From the 17th century onwards, fine patrician houses were built here. This was where the nobility lived and where merchants and craftsmen became established in the 19th century. The quartier of Bourg is also home to the Church of Sainte-Catherine, a baroque masterpiece built in the 17th century.


Glarey, from the Latin “Glaretum” (placewhere floods leave gravel), stands on Sierre’s linguistic boundary between the region's French and German speakers. It’s a pretty quartier known for its bistros and pleasant atmosphere. Here, the people who hailed from Haut-Valais mix happily with the Anniviards, for whom this village was their
arrival point in the lowlands on their annual migration.


The quartier of Borzuat is a haven of peace and quiet just a stone’s throw from the town centre. Flanked to the south by the old town and the Chapel of Notre-Dame-des-Marais, this little village-within-the-town runs alongside
its main thoroughfare, lined with traditional houses closely linked to the region’s transhumance heritage. Until the 1990s, the quartier was also known for its many bistros and iconic events.



Located at the foot of the vineyard-covered hillside, the quartier where the people of Saint-Jean settled has remained completely unspoilt. In addition to a few famous carnotzet wine cellars, it is home to the Maison du
Remuage, a reminder of the days when the livestock were led to and from the summer pastures. The decorations put up by the locals add a touch of magic to this picture-postcard quartier.


Muraz, occupying the high ground of Sierre, has a Mediterranean feel, all vineyards and historical buildings. The old buildings of Muraz resemble the ones you will find in Val d’Anniviers: raccards where the wheat was threshed, barns for storing cereals and stables where the hay and livestock were once kept. The church in Muraz, featuring
neogothic decorations, is worth a visit. This quartier also has a reputation for being full of wine cellars, with a laid-back atmosphere.


Villa, the quartier in the northwest of the town, is lorded over by its iconic 16th century château, home to the area’s finest wines and local produce. Cut through by the sometimes rushing waters of the Monderèche, this character
quartier still harbours a few discreet wine cellars and hangs on to its traditions, such as its Corps de Dieu association, still active today.


The quartier of Noës constitutes a separate community in the locality of Sierre. Flanking the mountainside, it maintains a certain independence from the town thanks to the many local community associations still very
much in evidence today. Nestling between the vineyards, the River Rhône and sprawling orchards, Noës is an unspoilt and picturesque quartier-cum-village.


To escape the regular flooding of the as yet undyked River Rhône, the first Sierre settlements grew up on the hillsides of Géronde, Goubing and Planzette. Planzette, located between the oases of cool air created by the
Petits Lacs and the Lac de Géronde, is today still home to beautiful houses surrounded by a flourishing vineyard.


The village of Granges, a short way down the Rhône Valley, merged with Sierre in 1972. The village, huddling against two mountainsides and dominated by three castles, was an important place of passage through the Rhône
lowlands. After the river was dyked, several orchards were established around the old town. Today, this haven of calm in a perfect location between Sierre and Sion is home to a population of nearly 1,500.