Lavaux Vineyard Terraces - Lake Geneva (Vaud)

Stunningly beautiful World Heritage Site

 
About Lavaux Vineyard Terraces

Available: April-October.

Costs

Lake Geneva Regional Pass: FREE 

Swiss Travel Pass: FREE 

Montreux Riviera Card: FREE

Half Fare Card: 7 Sfr to Montreux-Puidoux

This delightful region is well worth visiting for anyone staying in the Lake Geneva region. The steep terraces rise from the shore of the lake and are covered with vines, which have been grown here since 11th century monks discovered the area had the perfect combination of sun and soil. The modern winegrowers cultivate their vines with great pride, especially since the area has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fourteen villages of Lavaux are charming and offer the perfect spots in which to sample the produce.


Highlights

Lavaux Express

The charming land trains travel through the hills of the wine region from April to October, offering breathtaking views of the scenery. The 1 hour round trip from Lutry has several departures per day on Wednesdays and Sundays, with additional journeys on Fridays in the high season. From Cully, there is a 1 hour 15 minute round trip on Saturdays, with Tuesday and Thursday departures in the summer. 

Lavaux Express with wine tasting

The little train departs from Lutry at 18.30 on summer evenings, taking you through the terraces to a wine cellar, where you can enjoy a tasting of 3 local wines.

Lavaux Panoramic

Another recommended land train, this one takes in Chexbres, Rivaz, St. Saphorin and Chardonne every weekend from April to October, with additional Wednesday departures in the summer. It is advisable to book your place on all land train trips locally.       

Guided tours

A two hour walking tour from Chexbres on Saturdays at 5pm and from Cully on Sundays at 3.30pm. You will be accompanied by an official World Heritage Guide of Lavaux and enjoy a fascinating tour of the vineyards, including a glass of wine at the end. Local pre-booking is essential. 

Walking

There are several gentle walking trails through the region, taking in the villages, vineyards and offering lovely views over the lake.    

Wine tasting

The different soils and microclimates of the vineyards allow for an amazing variation of flavours in the Lavaux wines. The region boasts 3 appellations and it is a real treat to visit a local cellar and sip the wine in the very village where it was produced. The Lavaux Vinorama is the region's discovery centre with fascinating information and over 280 different wines to try! Book one of the tasting packages to find your favourite. Open Wednesday-Sunday during February-May and November-December and daily June-October.  

Restaurants

The villages offer some wonderful gastronomy as well as the famous wines so you can enjoy a leisurely lunch while you are in the area. You will also find live Jazz music on summer evenings in restaurants through the region.


Directions

The regional coastal train and the boats linking Lausanne, Vevey and Montreux call at many famous wine villages such as Pully, Lutry, Cully and Epesses.

There is also the 'Train des Vignes' which climbs from Vevey to the town of Puidoux. Another popular option is the nostalgic funicular from Vevey to Mont Pèlerin, which transports you through the steep terraces of Corseaux and Chardonne. 

More excursions in the region

This delightful region offers everything from vineyard walks and lake cruises to nostalgic rail journeys and mountain beauty spots overlooking Lake Geneva. There are also higher mountain visits to enjoy, with plenty of scenic trails and alpine restaurants. 

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Your choice of resorts

You can choose to stay in an elegant, lively resort such as Montreux or Lausanne or find a quieter holiday in Vevey and nearby La Tour-de-Peilz. All have excellent access to beautiful Lake Geneva. For a mountain holiday, we recommend delightful Villars.

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