SWITZERLAND 2022 | The Vineyard Terraces of Lavaux in Vaud 

Vineyards.

After the year 2021 without visiting my sister Florence in Zug in Switzerland, I finally returned to the Confoederatio Helvetica in March 2022. I stayed over a week. More than a family visit, I organised an excursion to French-speaking Switzerland, also known as Romandy to visit Maxime and the vineyards of Lavaux in the canton of Vaud, near Lausanne. I also booked a journey on the world-famous Glacier Express from Sankt Moritz to Brig. Furthermore, I looked for a nice way in and out. The ÖBB Nightjet night train from Amsterdam to Zurich and the voyage home via Lyon in France.

A week in Switzerland for my sister offered opportunities for excursions further away. As I hadn’t really explored Romandy yet beyond the GoldenPass Line and my youth skiing in Anzère in the canton of Valais (Wallis). And Maxime works from Lausanne, I decided to go there. Also, it’s near the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lavaux.

Lavaux is a region in the canton of Vaud, in the district of Lavaux-Oron. Lavaux consist of 830 hectares of terraced vineyards that stretch for about 30 km along the south-facing northern shores of Lake Geneva.

Although there is some evidence that vines were grown in the area in Roman times, the actual vine terraces can be traced back to the 11th century, when Benedictine and Cistercian monasteries controlled the area. 

It benefits from a temperate climate, but the southern aspect of the terraces with the reflection of the sun in the lake and the stone walls gives a mediterranean character to the region. The main wine grape variety grown here is the Chasselas.

Under cantonal law, the vineyards of Lavaux are protected from development. Since July 2007, Lavaux is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Since 2016, the vineyards of Lavaux are not treated with synthetic pesticides any more.

Hiking

There are many hikes possible through the vineyards of Lavaux. There is a hiking trail, ‘Terrasses de Lavaux‘, going from Saint-Saphorin to Lutry, recommended by MySwitzerland.

Im’n not sure we did the official hike. Maxime and Sydney took me to Puidoux. From there we went to Chexbres-Village, where we started walking in the direction of Vevey.

Although it was the wrong season to see actual grapes, the views are simply stunning. The Lac Léman, the terraces, being close to the rails. 

Combined with springy, almost summery weather, this is not a hike to forget. It’s an easy hike by the way.

Switzerland 2022

  1. Zandvoort, home of the Formula 1 Dutch Grand Prix.
  2. REVIEW | ÖBB Nightjet Amsterdam – Zurich night train.
  3. SWITZERLAND 2022 | Thun and Thun Castle.
  4. SWITZERLAND 2022 | The Lausanne Métro.
  5. REVIEW | Hotel du Raisin in Lausanne.

5 Comments Add yours

  1. elvira797mx says:

    Wonderful and so beautiful place.
    Thank’s for share Tomothy.
    Have a great day!
    Elvira

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Timothy says:

      It really is beautiful. Have a great day, Elvira.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. elvira797mx says:

        It looks ! You as well, Timothy.

        Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s