2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the registration of the vineyard on the UNESCO list. So as not to miss the programme, check the festivities at www.lavaux-unesco.ch.
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 covers 40 km along the lake shore and includes 14 villages and small towns. 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.