From early days to the present
The term Grand Cru indicates a top-quality wine, and has been applied to some of the region's wines for 30 years.
In 1988, Salgesch was effectively the first place in Valais to establish the requirements a Grand Cru wine must fulfil. Its Pinot Noir Grand Cru is therefore subject to limits on yield (800g/m²) and to strict rules governing vinification (the addition of sugar, and vinification and maturing in barrels are prohibited).
In 1994, Saint-Léonard followed suit, with 2 wines : Chasselas (Fendant) and Pinot Noir.
Finally, in 2015, Sierre Grand Cru began offering Frand Cru wines made from the Following 4 grape varieties : Arvine, Marsanne Blanche (Ermitage), Cornalin and Syrah, grouping together 6 different towns and villages (Sierre, Miège, Venthône, Veyras, Lens and Crans-Montana), a first in Valais.