UNESCO World Heritage

Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces

A winegrowing culture that goes back generations

Vineyard terraces were created on the steep slopes of Lake Geneva under the direction of the monks as early as the 11th century. Since then, generations of winegrowers have cherished and taken care of this unique landscape. They benefit from the abundance of the “three suns” here: the sun itself, its rays reflected by the lake, and the warmth stored in the walls of the vineyards. The wine estate extends across 40 kilometres and is one of the largest winegrowing areas in Switzerland. With its 14 villages, it reflects the cultural landscape in an impressive way, and this has developed thanks to the balanced interplay between the residents and the environment.

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iii, iv, v


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Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces
Criterion (iii): Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces demonstrates its evolution and development over almost a millennium in a highly visible way through the well-preserved ...
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