A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Lavaux vineyards illustrate a thousand years of labour. To make the most of the long hours of sunshine, man reduced the slopes by forming terraces in order to produce a highly appreciated wine: Chasselas.
The Lavaux vineyards have been part of the UNESCO World Heritage Programme since 2007. The site illustrates the interaction between man and Nature. It is henceforth protected from creeping urbanisation.
Lavaux consists of terraces on steep slopes all the way down to Lake Geneva, covering an area of 830 hectares between Lausanne and Montreux. The site enjoys a Mediterranean climate, warm temperatures and the reflection of the light from the lake.
The Lavaux vineyard counts eight places of production: Lutry, Villette, Epesses, Calamin Grand Cru, Dézaley Grand Cru, St-Saphorin, Chardonne und Vevey-Montreux. It mainly produces Chasselas wines, which are fruity and dry with subtle aromas.
Visitors can explore Lavaux on board one of the two little trains on rubber tyres (Lavaux Express and Lavaux Panoramic) or on foot using the vineyard trails and stopping in a wine cellar somewhere for a well-earned break.