Situated between Lausanne and Chillon Castle alongside Lake Geneva, Lavaux is one of the most beautiful parts of Switzerland, with its man-made vineyard terraces listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. The area is equally known for its walks, villages and, of course, its wines.
In the 13th century, to overcome the steep gradient in the Lavaux area, the monks started to build stone wall terraces and plant vines in them. The result of this hard labour, which is part of the beauty of Lavaux, earned the site its inclusion as a UNESCO cultural world heritage site.
The monks passed on the mantle to the wine-making families who have since maintained the vines and walls with the same dedication and passion. Chasselas, Plant Robert and Pinot Noir are among the various grape varieties cultivated in Lavaux, producing some of the finest Swiss wines, as evidenced by the tastings wine enthusiasts can enjoy as they follow the many marked trails through the picturesque villages.
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Discover Lavaux vineyard and its wine
UNESCO-listed Lavaux vineyard terraces
Take a walk through some of the most beautiful scenery in Switzerland: the UNESCO-listed Lavaux vineyard terraces are criss-crossed with marked trails with stunning views over Lake Geneva and the Alps. Little trains on wheels help you up the incline so you can enjoy a walk at your own pace.
Exclusive activities around the wines of Lavaux
The Lavaux-Panoramic winds its way round the steep pathways of the UNESCO-listed vineyard terraces, offering visitors a welcome lift when they need it! By hopping on this delightful little train, visitors can enjoy the most stunning views in Switzerland, overlooking the vines, the lake and the mountains.
Train des Vignes train ride Vevey-Puidoux
For visitors wanting to explore the UNESCO-listed vineyards and take a walk along its marked trails, the Train des Vignes is the ideal starting point. Departing from Vevey, this railway line transports walkers to Chexbres from where they can enjoy a delightful and delicious walk to Lake Geneva.
Brotherhood of Winegrowers Museum
The Brotherhood of Winegrowers in Vevey by Lake Geneva tells the story of this mythical society known for organising the Fête des Vignerons wine festival. The main purpose of the ‘Confrérie’ is to protect the interests of vineyards and vine growers, particularly in the UNESCO-listed Lavaux wine region.
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Lutry Grape Harvest Festival
Gateway to the UNESCO listed Lavaux vineyards, the town of Lutry has strong wine-producing roots and demonstrates this every year at its Fête des Vendanges. Wine enthusiasts can enjoy sampling Chasselas, Pinot Noir, Gamay and other grape varieties, while soaking up the atmosphere on the shores of Lake Geneva.