Lavaux and the Alps, vue from Lutry, Photo/Foto: TES.

Lavaux, the Alps and the Viticulture

The Rhône glacier made morainal deposits on the molasses and pudding stone, creating what is now Lake Geneva (Lac Léman) and fertile soil on the hills.

The first people settled in Lavaux five thousand years ago. Wine growing began in Roman times. Monks cleared the steepest slopes to build terraces in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Over time, area farmers acquired the estates previously held by the Chuch and local nobility.

Since then, generations of traditional winegrowers have shaped the unique landscape that stretches from Lausanne to Vevey.

The Fête des Vignerons celebrates and commemorates this cultural history of Lavaux once in a generation.

Today, this cultural landscape still shrives, encompassing not only fourteen beautiful villages and small towns and the largest vineyards of Switzerland but also the carefully maintained landscape and buildings on the shores of the lake and with a magnificent view of the Alps.

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