Considered a site of universal value, Lavaux has been elevated to the status of world heritage site by UNESCO in 2007, its mosaic of vines welcoming many walkers seeking renewed vitality and tranquility.
In the 11th century already, monks were growing grapes on the slopes above Lake Geneva. Since then, generations of winegrowers applied and developed longstanding cultural traditions. Today, this still thriving cultural landscape overs 40 km along the lake shore and includes 14 villages.
Through the well preserved landscape and buildings, it demonstrates its evolution over almost a millennia. It is therefore an outstanding example of a centuries-long interaction between people and their environment, developed to optimise local resources so as to produce a highly valued wine. Now considered a site of universal value, Lavaux has been elevated to the status of World Heritage Site by UNESCO, its mosaic of vines welcoming many walkers seeking renewed vitality and tranquility.
Every Sunday from 7 June to 25 October 2020, guides are available to take you on an unforgettable walk that will enable you to understand and appreciate the uniqueness of the Lavaux World Heritage Site. Reservations recommended.
The Lavaux Vineyard Terraces have been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2007. This world-famous landscape is the product of remarkable, yet fragile, winegrowing activity that has been going on for centuries…
To ensure that winegrowers and tourists, hikers and cyclists can co-exist in harmony, the Lavaux Patrimoine mondial association, which is responsible for managing and promoting the site, organises prevention campaigns in the vineyards every weekend from the start of April to the end of October. The aim of this important operation is to make visitors aware of how to behave correctly in the vineyards. Indeed, the influx of people to the vineyard paths and picnic areas creates added pressure on the vineyards, the vines and the work of these artisans.
Teams of heritage guides and volunteers move about the vineyards, educating and informing the general public that:
the plots of vines are private property
visitors must stay on the signposted paths
rubbish must be picked up
Respecting these few rules will ensure everyone has a positive experience in Lavaux.
At Maison Lavaux you can discover the region that since 2007 has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is a singular yet multi-faceted place, which allows you to immerse yourself in the life of Lavaux thanks to an exhibition split into several themes in three separate rooms. The first of these deals with the physical landscape that was created by nature but that the winegrowers have worked on and developed for more than a thousand years. The second showcases the population of Lavaux thanks to a large mural representing the workers who bring this exceptional landscape to life. The last one gives an overview of artists particularly associated with this unique landscape. You will be inspired and surprised by this exhibition, at the heart of the historic property Buttin-de- Loës in the charming village of Grandvaux.
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