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Completer grapes

by | Oct 3, 2016

Completer is also recognized under other names like Lafnaetscha, Lafnetsela, Lindauer, Malans and Malanstraube.


Many vines of this grape variety are grown wild in Graubunden. And in an outstanding note, it also has the potential to still create amazing wine.

One other synonym of Completer is the Lafnetscha. Many say that it is an entirely diverse variety given that it is a progeny of the Completer variety.

For some wine historians like Jancis Robinson, it is a conjecture that the Lafnetscha grapes were grown in the region of Valais. It is situated in the southwestern part of Switzerland.

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This variety of wine was earlier cultivated on a large scale, but lately its production has gone down, but still there are few winemakers mainly from the Swiss region who use wild plants of this wine. This wine made especially from Completer has a very strong and pleasant aromatic taste.

Due to its high acidity and complicated cultivation, the white vine variety Completer, has itself gotten into oblivion.


The Completer wines are one of the finest Swiss grape products that people take the time to learn about in Switzerland. It is worth appealing to taste and experience for every wine connoisseur and fanatic.

The Completer grapes come with blanc or white color for the covering of its berries. It belongs to the Vitis Vinifera. The vine variety has a fascinating story about its origin.

This native cultivar of Grisons province has been known and grown since 1321. It has been first mentioned about in a document from the Cathedral of Chur, the name Completarium, referring to the final evening prayer of the monks, who lived in the same region.

The prayer in the Catholic Church it is thus named Complete. After the prayers, the monks would drink the white wine, which later came to be known as Completer to all.

However, with passing years, it was not made a part of households because of the notion that tastes too acidic, and sherry-like for wines.


Though wine makers now think that the acidity of Completer has an advantage over wines like Chardonnay. The only problem they face is in its harvesting. It should be done at the end of October, otherwise in the end of November.

But not any earlier as then this wine, rich in minerals will have that remaining sugar, which will complement the wine’s acidity absolutely. It gives it the richness and elegance that it truly deserves.

This wine is the one ages flawlessly for decades. At present about twelve hundred to eighteen hundred wine bottles are produced, though it should be raised to five thousand bottles per year with time.

This terrific wine, with a light gold and citrus and honey infused scent, has that hazelnut and floral undertones that any wine lover will welcome and take pleasure in this specialty.

The flavors complement each other perfectly, leaving the taste of grace and intricacy for an immense length on the palate. It is one of the true extraordinary wines.

Its sweetness is balanced with the unmarked crispness making this wine well rounded. It is unadulterated and one of the best dessert wines you can ever have for a pleasure of drinking. The finish is also quite impressive in length.

The vineyard Halde in Malans is on the sharp cliff in the backdrop with vineyards. Halde literally means a steep hillside. These are quite steep vineyards of Malans and the Completer vines that have grown here for more than a thousand years. The vineyard is therefore also called Completerhalde.

Food Pairings

You have a lot of variety to pair with the Completer wines. Vegetarian foods like spicy noodles, Hawaiian pizza, Jalapeno corn breads, cayenne pepper and all sorts of deserts.

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Michael Bredahl

Michael Bredahl

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