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The winemakers

Currently, the wines that we serve with meals in the "Piocher" come from the wine cellars of:

Albert Mathier & Sons
The Mathiers came to Salgesch in 1387. Originally from Marseille, they travelled to Switzerland via Grenoble. The reason for this was poverty and the opportunity to earn money abroad as mercenaries. The Mathiers were recruited for military service in Valais and decided not to return to their homeland once their duty was done, but to settle in Salgesch. They soon discovered that the area was ideal for winegrowing. And realised that a good glass of wine is far more beneficial to life than warfare.

We are very proud to be able to serve their wines in our wine pairings.


At the "Piocher", Fernando and Christoph forego the use of a menu. They want their guests to succumb fully to the pleasure of their meal, thereby encouraging the feeling of conviviality. Each dish is paired with the perfect wine from a specially selected winemaker. In order to make this plan work, the "Piocher" only has 4 tables.

“I had a dream that my guests would come together in the "Piocher" to enjoy and abandon themselves to the food and the wine”, is how Fernando explained his plans. This outstanding chef has international experience, but has been inspired by his own way of living: "We cook what we think is fun to cook, and what we ourselves like to eat. The dishes change every 5 to 6 weeks. We want our guests just to concentrate on their enjoyment of the food, and not to be distracted by what’s on a menu”.

Guests can decide on the size of their own meals and on whether they want their food to be served with wine or not. The chefs do aim to take account of specific preferences, but: “We aren’t able to offer purely vegan meals” added Christoph Kummer, who is Fernando’s right-hand man.

At the "Piocher" we are awarded 13 GaultMillau points.

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