Lavaux is wine country. It is one of those picturesque vineyards that appears magically in front of your eyes when someone says – fine European wine. Lavaux is a small region in the canton of Vaud in Switzerland. 830 hectares of vineyard are spreads across 30 km of area on the north shore of Lake Geneva. Lavaux is a classic example of how man can adapt his environment without destroying its inherent characteristics and use it for produce in a sustained manner.
It is generally believed that vines have been growing in this region since ancient roman times. Some records, however, tell that serious viticulture only started during the 11th century when the land was under Benedictine and Cistercian powers. It was under their patronage that viticulture really flourished in Lavaux.
The Chasselas also known as the Chasselas Blanc is the type of grape that is grown in Lavaux. They said that the wine made from this is dry and very fruity though there are some varieties across the region.
Lavaux: Walking From Saint-Saphorin to Lutry
The vineyards are best visited while hiking from Saint Saphorin to Lutry. The vines basking in the golden hour sunlight and the natural reflected light off the surface of Lake Geneva are a sight to see. It appears that the whole area is somehow transformed in gold by the Midas touch. The vines are a must see. The area is also dotted with castles.
There are many hiking trails which you can explore while hiking in the wine country. One particular trail goes from Saint-Saphorin all the way to Lutry. You can take a leisurely stroll through the vineyards while basking under a temperate sun, making images as you walk. The golden hour, about an hour before sundown is a nice time to make images.
Wine tasting is something that every wine connoisseurs should try out. Thankfully the winegrowers of Lavaux welcome interested tourists to step into their wine cellar and taste some of their wine.
Lavaux boasts of some 830 hectares of vineyard that is renowned the world over for producing some of the finest wines. Located on the canton of Vaud in Lavaux-Oron district of Switzerland, Fron Saint-Saphorin to Lutry is a Unesco World Heritage Site. It enjoys a unique mix of geography and environment that gives it a Mediterranean character despite the fact of its temperate location.