With around 380 hectares of vineyards, the wine-growing region of the canton is quite considerable.
The mild climate is in uenced by the many rivers and streams running through the canton. Special to the region are the lime-rich soils of the Jura, which are found everywhere in varying compositions. They generally convey a nice minerality to the wines. As a result and like in Burgundy, the predominant grape variety is Pinot Noir. For white wines, they grow mostly Müller-Thurgau.
Depending on the region, the prevailing local conditions such as tectonics, topography, exposure, climate and soil compositions give birth to a wide variety of wines, ranging from elegant or fresh-fruity wines to rich, structured wines.
The canton is divided into seven wine-growing areas
Among them are well-known vineyards such as “Goldwand”, “Kloster Sion” or “Brestenberg”, just to name a few.
At the foot of the mountain Lägern and along the river Limmat the vineyards extend over the municipalities of Würenlos, Wettingen and Ennetbaden, and together form the area called Limmattal or Valley of the river Limmat.
The vineyards of the villages of Ober- and Untersiggenthal are located further downstream.
The vineyards of the municipalities of Gebenstorf, Birmenstorf, Niederrohrdorf, and the Rebhalde Muri, as well as the vineyards of the city of Bremgarten, located on land that belongs to Zu kon, form the area called Reusstal or Valley of the river Reuss.
With the wine village of Würenlingen we enter the wine area which is called Unteres Aaretal or Lower Aare Valley. It further includes the municipalities of Endingen and Tegerfelden, which is the largest wine-growing town in the canton, as well as the vineyards of Döttingen and Klingnau.
Past the pretty villages of Mandach, Hottwil, Wil, Mettau and Sulz one reaches the river Rhine and nally Kaisten. Further down the Rhine, smaller vineyards have been preserved in Obermumpf, Zeiningen and Magden. The Bözbergstreet, which leads away from the Rhine and again towards the river Aare, is bordered by the vineyards of Oeschgen, Frick and further on Hornussen, Bözen and Ef ngen. The wine-growing villages of Wittnau and El ngen are situated in the side valleys perpendicular to the main valley.
Around Aarau and the Schenkenbergtal
In the catchement area of Aarau, vines are cultivated in Erlinsbach, Küttigen and Biberstein. Past Auenstein, on the left bank of the Aare, one arrives in the well-known vineyard of Schenkenbergtal of Schenkenberg-Valley, with the municipalities of Schinznach, Villnachern, Oberflachs and Thalheim.
Crossing the Aare, on the right bank of the river, ones attention is drawn to the beautiful castle of Wildegg. In Lenzburg, a road leads to the only lake that lies at least partially on land that belongs to the canton of Aarau. In the south there are the beautiful vineyards of Seengen on Lake Hallwil.