The winery in Salquenen
(Salgesch) in the Swiss canton Wallis
was created in 1913 by the merger of three winegrowers. In 1930 the Weinhaus Kuonen & Grichting established the first winery in Salgesch. The name derives from the Order of St. John, who operated a pilgrim's hostel in Salquenen since 1235. Today, the family-owned company is run by Thomas Grichting in the third generation. The vineyards cover eight hectares in own possession, from another 30 hectares grapes are bought. Two-thirds of them are red wine varieties, especially the main variety Pinot Noir. Other varieties are Amigne, Chardonnay, Chasselas, Cornalin du Valais, Malvoisie (Pinot Gris), Muscat Blanc, Johannisberg (also Gros Rhin = Silvaner), Ermitage (Marsanne) and Syrah. Under the name "Johannestrunk" will be next to some other wines Fendant
(White wine from Chasselas), a Oeil de perdrix
(brightly pressed from Pinot Noir) and a Dole
(Red wine from Pinot Noir) produced. Other premium wines are "Grande Cuvée" in red (Pinot Noir) and white (Chasselas), as well as "Grand Cru" (Pinot Noir). Sweet Récolte Tardives (late harvest) from different varieties complete the palette.