Château de Villa
An enchanting Raclette experience
A Swiss sojourn wouldn’t be the same without gorging on a plate, or five, of Raclette. The fairytale-esc Le Château de Villa, poking from the mountainside in Sierre, takes diners’ taste buds on a journey through the Alpine fields where the best Raclette originates. The house special, Valaisanne plate, consists of five different cheeses from surrounding towns, all offering subtly different flavours. A map showing their locations is given to each diner before a moustachioed waiter heats the glowing wheels of cheeses until bubbling point, then scrapes the gooey top onto your plate. Wine is a must: try locally made La Petite Arvine - a gentle white perfect for Raclette indulgence. Afterwards, duck into the stunning wine cellar where local experts guide you through Switzerland's underestimated selection. Visit www.chateaudevilla.ch for more details.
By Simon Willis, AFAR Local Expert
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