1903 Monthey


   
Actual 45 mm size by Hans Frei, Biel

Obverse.

A beauteous Vigneron maiden of Valais, conscientiously appraised Her finest produce. Her alluring lustrous alpine vineyards richly hanging with fructuous clusters of Pinot Noir wine grapes produce, where such of choice of grapes is the King here. The abundance very well flourished, the just reward from Her lovingly labor.

In modestly concealed, Her gentle soft mane well, an unpretentiously plain headscarf, of Monthey silk origins, reminiscence of her celebrated industries of times long since past.

Of dignified stature, prudence and of gratifying contentment and pride, She acknowledged the time to harvest by sight of Her vineyards’ behest, the laborious toil most definitely welcome and received in jubilance.

Reverse.

This couplet blazon coat of emblems, one of Monthey issuant from coupeaux vert an Oak-tree proper leaved, the other of proud Valais per pale argent and gules and thirteen stars interchanged. Cradled lovingly by alpine roses in full bloom branches, bouquet of victory welcoming to bestow on the grand shot compete.

In the distance, townscapes of Monthey capital living alive well the valley of Rhone, a western yonder most distance of Pennine Alps. Distinctively so, of Sardinian neo-Gothic & neo-Romanesque architectural beauty - The Notre-Dame de I'Immaculée-Conception of 1855 (reconstruction since of year 1707) above She raised of other homes and guilds, Her well-preserved elegant bell-tower, most renowned impressively of Valais church ringtones.

Background.

Wine Growing in Canton of Valais

Valais is the largest wine region in Switzerland, and is responsible for almost half of the nation's total wine production. Located in the mountainous south-western corner of this small country, the main vineyard area of Valais runs east-north-east for 30 miles (50km) from Martigny to just beyond Sierre.

The vines here are owned and tended by an impressive number of independent vignerons – more than 20,000 – most of whom sell their grapes under contract or group together as co-operatives. A growing number of are now making and marketing their own wines, reflecting the forward-looking attitude of the Swiss wine trade and its increasingly commercial, export-driven focus.

Pinot Noir is king here and Valais-based plantings of the grape outnumber those of every other red variety in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. Vertiginous alpine topography also gives the vines in Valais the advantage of emphasized vineyard orientation and many are planted on steep gradients of up to 90% (42 degrees). This steepness, although making it markedly harder to manage and harvest the vines, brings the significant benefits of excellent drainage and increased exposure to sunlight. In one particular valley just south of Visp, the village of Visperterminen perches on the edge of some extremely steep, west-facing slopes. At around 4750ft (1150m) these are some of the highest vineyards in Europe, although they are topped by those located just the other side of the Matterhorn in the Aosta Valley.

Of all largest wine makers this region, most Olden Helvetic lands Valais holds most ancient. Evidence, since of first ceramic bottle found true, with inscription that wine it did for once contained, laid since 2nd century in a Celtic lady's burial tomb of that period.

 

The Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception of Monthey

The Church contains one of the most impressive Valaisan ringtones: seven bells in casted by Ruetschi of Aarau in 1895. Neoclassical Sardinian church flanked by an older bell tower, the first parish church was built in this same place in 1707. In poor condition and becoming too small, it was demolished around 1850. The elegant bell tower was fortunately preserved. The current church was consecrated in 1855, under the name of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, whose dogma had been proclaimed by Pius IX in 1854. It was Emile Vuilloud, architect at Monthey, who drew the shots of this cross-basilical edifice, set in a rectangle. The presence of the Sardinian neoclassical church was a trend popular in Valais and Savoy before the appearance of neo-medieval styles such as neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque.

In celebration of, the Valais proud heritage of winegrowing over the centuries, and traditions of the independent Vignerons that tend to these famed alpine vineyards.


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