Le Vignoble de Lavaux

 

 

Lavaux is a region with a long wine tradition. In the XIth century already the Cistercian monks plant the first vineyards and introduce the terrace cultures to the region.
The wine region of Lavaux is divided into 8 appellations spread over about 830 hectares vineyards between the cities of Lausanne and Vevey. Our wines come from some of the most famous plots of Saint-Saphorin, Epesses and the Dézaley Grand Cru.
 Since 2007 Lavaux is a cultural site of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The ancient villages, the breathtaking landskapes and views on the Lake Léman, a long winemaking tradition are only a few reasons for the UNESCO award and your next visit in our paradise.

Dézaley

 

 

Entirely located on the territory of the commune of Puidoux, the Dézaley is a 55 ha jewel cut by man on the hill’s steepest incline. The best view is from the lake, where you can embrace it at a single glance. The surface of the countless walls is approximately equal to the vineyard’s area.

 
The Dézaley soil is extremely clayey and hard to cultivate. The ground perfectly suits the Chasselas grape, almost the only variety making up this Grand Cru. The grapes are so tasty that even the Lake Geneva gulls find them hard to resist…..
 
Acknowledged as one of Switzerland’s very best white wines, the Dézaley combines a complex mineral flavour with an ample and full-bodied taste. Sometimes austere in its prime, it reveals its rich personality after being bottled for a few months and also has remarkable ageing potential.

Calamin Grand Cru AOC

 

 

 

The “Calamin” vintage needs no advertising among specialists, although its small surface (15 ha) unfortunately restricts its wine’s availability to connoisseurs.

 
Geographically speaking, the “Calamin” is entirely located on the commune of Epesses. It extends the Dézaley to the west, between the village of Epesses and the Lake. The low altitude, the climate particularly suited to wine-growing and the clay-rich soil allow the Chasselas grapes to express the full extent of their often unrecognised talents: ample bouquet, generous and round-bodied, mineral taste intimately linked to the soil.

St Saphorin AOC Lavaux

 

 

The name St-Saphorin calls forth the image of Lavaux’s most typical village, reproduced on most calendars due to its Mediterranean appearance. The appellation (130 ha) also includes the vineyards of 4 neighbouring communes: all of Chexbres and Rivaz, and part of Chardonne and Puidoux.

 
The soils of the St-Saphorin appellation are generally more gravelly than clayey and most fit into the category of light and permeable soils. This soil quality favours the production of particularly fine and elegant wines which have long been sought after.

Epesses AOC Lavaux

 

 

 

The Epesses appellation groups all or part of the vineyards of 4 communes: Epesses and Riex, Cully and Puidoux.
Two types of soil share the appellation. The eastern part of the vineyard is mostly clay resting on unstable marl layers. 
For centuries the plots have been gradually drifting down the hill to swell the bottom of the slope, while the original breaking point remains visible right at the top, at the foot of the forest.
The wines produced there are ample, virile and sappy and need to be bottled for a few months to reveal all their qualities.
Gravelly and sandy soils line the appellation’s west side and yield wines which generally evolve quicker, favouring subtlety over fullness. The charm of youth versus the sophistication of maturity !

Chardonne AOC Lavaux

 

 

 

Facing the lake on the south side of the Mont-Pèlerin, high above Vevey, Chardonne is an appellation that is known for the nobility of its subtle soil. The bouquet of Chardonne wines is well developed in a combination of fruity and vegetal aromas. Their aromas are evocative of pear and blackcurrant leaf. Generous and full, they have a distinctive fleshy, sappy character.

Villette AOC Lavaux

 

 

Villette has given its name to the largest appellation in Lavaux, extending over 175 ha and grouping 4 communes: all of Villette and Grandvaux and part of Lutry and Cully.

As with all morainic deposits, the appellation has a variety of soils. The category of light, therefore sand and gravel-rich soils, is by far the most frequent. 
This gives Villette wines character and subtlety, making them rather closer to the “St-Saphorin” than to the “Epesses” type.

Lutry AOC Lavaux

 

 

 

Lutry’s wines come from gravelled soil. Full of lightness and delicacy, they release floral and fruity bouquets.
Surface : 89 ha

Vevey - Montreux AOC Lavaux

 

 

 

Celebrated for two centuries for its sceneries and mild climate, Montreux also lends its name to a fine wine appellation. Indeed, the city was built on the vineyards which originally went right down to the lake.
Among the estates which survived, the most spectacular and probably the best is the Château du Châtelard. The square and massive mediaeval dungeon overlooks a beautiful sloping vineyard.
The mostly gravelly soils of the Montreux appellation often rest on red, iron-rich sandstone and marl characteristic of the area. These make for fruity and juicy wines. The whites can be tasted as soon as bottled, while the reds assert themselves a few months later.
      

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