Wine Tasting in Lavaux

March 8, 2013 by

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Lavaux vineyards, Switzerland

Switzerland’s most iconic vineyards, tiered along the banks of the shimmering Lake Geneva and boasting 830 hectares of vines basking in the Mediterranean climate, Lavaux makes an idyllic location for wine tasting. The famous terraced vineyards of Lavaux are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site; as celebrated for their unique beauty as they are for the world-renowned Chasselas grapes produced in the region.

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Around 32km of walking and cycling trails weave through the vines, tracing a route between the region’s many small villages, each of which is home to a communal wine tasting cave – the Caveaux Coeure du Village – where wine tasters are offered each afternoon by a number of regional growers. Alternatively, special rubber-tire trains – the Lavaux Express or the Lavaux Panoramic – run tours of the vineyards several times a day between April-October, where you’ll get a guided tour of the region, with stops along the way for wine tasting.

If you prefer all of the wine tasting in Lavaux under one roof, head to the Lauvaux Vinorama, the educational center of Lavaux that opened back in 2010. Here, you can learn about wine from all over the region, and sample a rotating selection of 8 local wines.

- Zoe Smith

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