logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
Action Movies
Bible Basics
Houseplants
Romance Movies
Creativity
Family Travel
Southwest USA


dailyclick
All times in EST

Full Schedule
g
g Luxury Travel Site

BellaOnline's Luxury Travel Editor

g

Walking Through Vineyards on the Swiss Riviera


UNESCO named Switzerland’s Lavaux region, on the sunny north shore of Lake Geneva, a World Heritage Site for its cultural landscape of vineyards and farms.

I expected to find sweeping views of snow-covered Alps forming the skyline, and sumptuous Belle Epoch hotels overlooking the lake, but I was surprised to find mile after mile of neatly striped hillsides covered in ripening wine grapes.

In this relatively small area are six wine regions and 28 controlled appellations of origin (DOC), and although they are rarely found outside of Switzerland, the wines consistently win in the world wine competitions.

UNESCO’s citation noted particularly the scenic beauty and authenticity of the land, divided into small plots and held in place by stone terraces, some of which date to the early Middle Ages. Along with its rich heritage of wine-growing (the first vines were planted by the Romans, more than 2000 years ago) the area has the country’s highest concentration of Michelin stars, so it’s not surprising that food and wine tourism are popular here.

A series of handily mapped routes made it easy for me to enjoy the best of the scenery as well as the food and wine experience. I found these maps, plus information on food and wine destinations on Lake Geneva Region’s website (www.lake-geneva-region.ch). When I followed sections of the 18-mile Discover the Lavaux Terraces trail, I found it sprinkled with signs about food and wine. I could do sections of it each day, since the trail is designed to be broken into shorter walks, and is easy to reach from several stations on the Swiss Rail network.

The route begins at Château de Chillon, one Europe’s most beautiful medieval castles, and follows the lake shore past Montreux before climbing into the vineyards to follow the terraces to Lausanne. Here, a few steps uphill from the lake, chocolatier Dan Durig demonstrated his art for me and several other visitors (with samples).

The shorter Vully Vineyard Footpath also passes winegrowers, craftsmen and food shops where I sampled more local products. The 6-mile circular Coeur de La Côte walk through the vineyards combines splendid views with tasting stops at winegrowers and village wine cellars. I stopped in the village of Bougy-Villars to visit the artisanal chocolate maker, Tristan.

Along the trails, I stopped at farmhouses for afternoon snacks of fresh bread and homemade jams, and to buy cheese and grainy rustic bread from farms for picnics in some of the many scenic spots overlooking the lake.

I found a Bread Museum at a 17th-century farm in Echallens, and at Vieux Leysin Cheese Dairy watched cheesemakers at work, and sampled the product in a 17th-century chalet. Cheeses here take their complex flavors from the profusion of mountain wildflowers the cows graze on.
Add Walking+Through+Vineyards+on+the+Swiss+Riviera to Twitter Add Walking+Through+Vineyards+on+the+Swiss+Riviera to Facebook Add Walking+Through+Vineyards+on+the+Swiss+Riviera to MySpace Add Walking+Through+Vineyards+on+the+Swiss+Riviera to Del.icio.us Digg Walking+Through+Vineyards+on+the+Swiss+Riviera Add Walking+Through+Vineyards+on+the+Swiss+Riviera to Yahoo My Web Add Walking+Through+Vineyards+on+the+Swiss+Riviera to Google Bookmarks Add Walking+Through+Vineyards+on+the+Swiss+Riviera to Stumbleupon Add Walking+Through+Vineyards+on+the+Swiss+Riviera to Reddit




RSS | Related Articles | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Previous Features | Site Map


For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Luxury Travel Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2014 by Barbara Radcliffe Rogers. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Barbara Radcliffe Rogers. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Barbara Radcliffe Rogers for details.

g


g features
Healthy Snacks for Frequent Flyers

Exploring Fjords from Grodås by Bus, Boat and Bike

Hospitality and Scenery in Norway’s Fjords

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2014 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor