The Best Wine Region You’ve Never Heard Of: The Lavaux

The first reason to visit the region is to try the distinctive whites made with the Chasselas grape. They are light and crisp with a pleasant minerality and a touch of salt. These white wines are low in alcohol and can be called "easy drinking" or "wine of the thirst," by winemakers. You can also find le lavaux wine through many web sources.

The second reason is the breathtaking beauty of Lavaux itself. This can be seen in its rise from the endless blue of Lake Geneva. These vineyards are some of the steepest in the world, rising to more than 1,100ft above the lake. They have been terraced at 40 levels.

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This nine-mile-long region of Lavaux, which is UNESCO World Heritage-listed, has a unique blend of tradition and loveliness. Wines are still made the same way they were made by the Benedictine and Cistercian monks in the 11th Century. There was no irrigation or chemical use. One particular walk through them was named one of the ten most beautiful in all of the world. (Disclaimer – I was invited by Switzerland Tourism to visit the area last month.

Another selling point is the nine-mile distance. The wine trolley is available, but the Lavaux's pleasures are best explored on foot. Walking through the vineyards, with occasional stops at wineries or traditional pubs for a taste, is the preferred way to discover the region. Blaise Dupoux (17th generation winemaker) is worth a visit. Although his well-balanced wines are not the most iconic of the region, they are among the best. 

There's a lot of terror happening here. His family has been making wine in this area since 1454. His passion and knowledge are evident. Enjoy a delicious alfresco lunch at Auberge de la Gare (be careful not to be distracted by trains) and then continue your journey with a visit to the charming, family-run Auberge de la Gare. This charming establishment is known for its mild Etivaz cheese, which was made in the nearby higher Alps