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