Nature

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

Lavaux and the (Alpine) Landscape

The hill sides of Lavaux (canton Vaud) are steeped in history. The Rhône glacier made morainal deposits on the molasses and pudding stone millions of years ago, making room some ten thousand years ago for what is now Lake Geneva (Lac Léman) and fertile soil on the hills.

Five thousand years ago, man setlled in Lavaux. Wine growing began in Roman times.

Monks cleared the steepest slopes in order to build terraces in the twelfth and thirteen centuries.

Over time, area winegrowers acquired the estates prevously 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.

(Further information and source: www.lavaux-unesco.ch)