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Walk the Wine in Switzerland

When you’ve done Napa, sipped your way through Sonoma and biked Bordeaux, it’s time for a new wine adventure, and the Lavaux region in Switzerland is it.

Since 2007, the steep, terraced vines of the Lavaux have been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Skirting the shores of Lake Geneva from Lausanne to Chateau de Chillon, more than 2,075 acres of vines beckon oenophiles, yet the region flies under the radar. It shouldn’t.

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Valais 2017 vintages can be mixed with other regional Swiss wines

Valais winemakers can mix their 2017 regional vintages with wines from other cantons. This exceptional economic measure, granted by the cantonal government for one year, follows serious frost damage to the grape harvest. But not everyone is happy. 

With some limitations

The Valais cantonal government said in a statement issued on Thursday that it had “responded favourably to a request by the l’Interprofession de la Vigne et du Vin (the winemakers’ association) to allow AOC (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée) Valais wines to be mixed with 10% of other Swiss AOC wines”. 

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Lake Geneva wineries to visit

The best part about visiting the Lake Geneva wine region is that distances are short – from Nyon to Aigle it’s barely 100 kilometres, or one hour speeding along the motorway or using the excellent train service…

 

How to get there and how to get around

By car, train or plane to Geneva.

The vineyards start just outside the city and end at Bex, about 1.5 hours along the lake.

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Geneva - Gourmet Rally 2017

Welcome to the 4th edition of the Gourmet Rally through Geneva's wine region!

The idea: participants walk about 8 km along a relatively easy trail to meet wine producers and sample their wines paired with food prepared by local artisans. A perfect way to discover the beautiful Geneva countryside!

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