Kempinski Palace Engelberg: Chalet Ruinart Opens Again This Winter

Elegant and rustic at the same time, Chalet Ruinart opens again this winter in the ski destination of Engelberg right next to the Kempinski Palace Engelberg. With a magnificent view of the snow-covered parc of the little mountain town, guests enjoy a hearty fondue, sparkling Ruinart champagne or delicious wine during the winter season. The chalet is furnished with wooden tables and benches, as well as cosy furs to create a homely atmosphere.

"Cheese fondue belongs to Switzerland like bubbles to champagne", says Andreas Magnus, General Manager of the five star luxury hotel in the heart of the Swiss Alps. „This year, the popular winter dish once again plays the leading role in our Chalet Ruinart. Since we work almost exclusively with local suppliers, our first priority is cheese fondue from Sälmi Töngi, an in-house production of the popular Engelberg alpine cheesemaker."

But other variations are also offered on the fondue menu: A creamy, classic fondue with Gruyère and Vacherin from the Stans dairy, with additional Nidwalden alpine cheese for the special flavor. Or a fondue made with Vacherin Fribourgeois, a semi-hard cheese made from cow’s milk and produced exclusively on the Alps and in the villages of the Canton of Fribourg. As a purely regional product, the cheese is characterized by its melting, refined-subtle texture. But what makes this fondue unique is that it was personally created by Christian Duc, cheesemaker and owner of Vacherin Fribourgeois, and Michelin-starred chef Carlo Crisci. The fondue is served with a Magnificents’16, a wine made from the Räuschling grape variety, a special wine from Nicolas Wüst of the Schwarzenbacher winery near Zurich – a wonderfully harmonious liaison with the cheese.

While on Sundays raclette is served by Sälmi Töngi, on Wednesdays there is also a fondue chinoise.

The Chalet Ruinart at the Kempinski Palace Engelberg will be open from November 26, 2022 until the end of the winter season.

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