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Lavaux-Oron District

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  • Day190

    Day 191: Lavaux Wine Terraces

    August 24, 2017 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Time for the next world heritage site! Much easier day of travel today, as we were visiting the Lavaux Wine Terraces, a wine-growing area on the slopes of Lake Geneva, about 20 minutes drive outside of Lausanne.

    In the car around 10am, a nice easy drive along the lake foreshore to where we started our day at Vinorama. This was a small exhibition centre and wine-tasting area right on the shores of the lake. We skipped watching the educational film and of course proceeded to tasting the wines - only a couple though since you had to pay (this is usual outside of Australia), and of course I was driving.

    After an hour or so of slow tasting we went for a walk up into the terraces around the centre. Essentially, Switzerland is usually too cold for grape-growing, but in this area on the northern slopes of the lake they get sunlight all day, plus reflected sunlight from the lake surface, and the stone retaining walls built into the sides of the hills over the last thousand years absorb the warmth of the day and then radiate heat over night. Thus the grapes grow quite quickly, and can be harvested before the long winter.

    It's been a wine-growing region for a long time - there's evidence the Romans grew grapes here, but most of the current terraces date from the 10th and 11th centuries when monks started wine-making as a crop. It's just so picturesque, with the wine terraces scaling against the hills, the huge blue lake, and towering peaks on the far side. We had a great walk up into the hills to a panorama, then back down again.

    The terraces are spread out for about 15 kilometres along the lake shore, so we drove along to various spots and stopped at whatever looked interesting. Lunchtime rolled around and we quickly visited a supermarket in the nearby city of Montreux to pick up some bread and cheese. We found another vantage point and ate in the car while enjoying the view as a thunderstorm rolled by.

    Once the rain cleared up we looked around further, tasted some more wines at another winery and then headed back to Lausanne around 5pm. Another home-cooked dinner of spaghetti and pesto, and another good chat with our host who is very friendly and very accommodating of Schnitzel. It'll be a shame to move on tomorrow!
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  • Day1

    Ladestation

    May 29 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Der nächste Kaffeehalt ist angesagt und ich geniesse den Stop um mich ein bisschen zu erholen. Keine Touristen weit und breit und so nutze ich den Halt auch, um nicht nur meine Energie sondern auch den Akku am Strom etwas aufzuladen.

  • Day1

    Strassensperrung

    May 29 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Auf einmal kommt eine komische Tafel mit so einem roten Kreis🙄. Dies kann aber nicht wahr sein, mitten im Berghang eine Vollsperrung🙈 Das gilt aber jetzt nicht für mich, ich verstehe ja sowieso kein französisch😂
    Oh Mann, die Strasse wird enger und ich fahre einfach an den Strassenarbeitern auf dem Trottoir vorbei wie nix wäre. Ich rufe noch Bonjour ganz laut und fahre schnell vorüber. Sie murmeln da zwar etwas, doch ich bin schon vorbei. Schliesslich bin ich ja auf der Route 99, die geht hier durch. Zwischen Teerkübeln und Strassenarbeitern schlängle ich mich durch und komme endlich oben beim nächsten Dorf an....puhhh nochmals gut gegangen.Read more

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Lavaux-Oron District, District de Lavaux-Oron

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