Lavaux vineyard, UNESCO World Heritage site
The terraced vineyards of the Lavaux site unfold above Lake Geneva for some 14 kilometres, forming a real link between Lausanne and Vevey-Montreux. Not only does the listed status of Lavaux as a UNESCO World Heritage site pay tribute to an age-old vineyard, it is also a living “cultural landscape”, a remarkable testimony to an authentic and dynamic civilisation.
A warm welcome awaits in Lavaux, where visitors are called to explore this bucolic land of vines by wine trails or miniature train. Whether in families or groups, walkers are welcome in any of the numerous wine-producing cellars offering tastings of local vintages, which are gaining increasing international recognition. And it is always possible for the curious amateur to organise a visit to a cellar, which will reveal to you the secrets of wine production and grape harvests.
UNESCO World Heritage site
Lavaux is listed by UNESCO as a "cultural landscape", recognising the combined work between man and nature.
- In the 11th Century, monks established the foundations for this incredible landscape; the winegrowers then followed shortly. From that point onwards, the latter have remained faithful to the region and have been continuously producing wine, including the King of the region, the “Chasselas”
- The fact that Lavaux is on the UNESCO list is first and foremost an international recognition of the long and rich interaction between man and nature and between the winegrower and his land.
- The harmony and beauty of the site have inspired many artists and poets. Viticulture is the purpose of Lavaux
Through routes and walks, discover the vineyards and the rich heritage of Lavaux.
Too excursions on foot in the lavaux vineyard: each one take around 2 hours from Grandvaux station to the lake 8either at Cully or at Lutry).
Two train excursions take you through the vineyards. A unique way to discover this vineyard, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
For lovers of landscapes, rich human encounter and wine tasting, Lavaux is a highlight of the Lausanne region.