Designation (also Eastern Switzerland) for the regions and areas of the Switzerland with predominantly German-speaking population. These are the Mittelland, northwestern Switzerland, eastern Switzerland and central Switzerland, as well as large parts of the Swiss Alps, which together make up about two thirds of the country's surface. In terms of wine law, it is one of the six Swiss wine regions with 17 German-speaking cantons. The wine-growing cantons are (with only a few hectares) vineyards Aargau. Basel country. Bern (Lake Thun), Glarus, Grisons. Lucerne. Nidwalden. Schaffhausen. Schwyz, Solothurn, St. Gallen. Thurgau and Zurich, Their vineyards cover a total of almost 2,600 hectares of vineyards with 0.2 hectares in the canton of Nidwalden to 644 hectares in the canton of Zurich. Nearly 80% of red wines are dominating Pinot Noir (here (Pinot Noir, Clevner), as well as the new breeds Gamaret and Garanoir, The most important white grape variety is Müller-Thurgau (Riesling x Sylvaner), others are Räuschling. Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris ( Pinot gris ).