Ticino is a wine region located in southern Switzerland. Monte Ceneri divides Ticino is two zones: Sopra Ceneri, in the north, where is the district of Bellinzona and Sotto Ceneri, where Lugano is.
Merlot is the most planted grape in the region and occupies 90% of the vineyard. The rest of the red varieties that are planted are: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Gamaret which is one of the 40 native varieties that Switzerland has. The white grapes planted are Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc although the most popular white wine of Ticino is the Blanc de Noir of Merlot.
The total number of hectares is about 1200 and the vines are planted in small parcels on meadows and slopes. With regard to the climate, the summers are hot and the winters very cold. During the day there is an important temperature difference. The vines receive many hours of sunshine because they are planted on slopes. Ticino is a region with abundant rainfall.
The lakes, slopes, green everywhere, clean air and, of course, the Merlot make of Ticino a wine region worth knowing.