Explore one of the most beautiful vineyards in Switzerland on this circuit starting from Chexbres, Saint-Saphorin, Rivaz or Epesses. Whatever your starting point, the questions and things to look at will amaze even connoisseurs of these vineyard terraces, listed as a UNESCO world heritage site.
When is the start of the wine-growing year? Which French singer did the poet Jean Villard Gilles compose for? What famous guest often ate at the Auberge de l’Onde? These are just some of the thirty questions to be answered as you walk along the Lavaux UNESCO vineyard walk, simply by activating the Vaud: Guide free app. Without requiring an internet connection, the app proposes an original circular route linking up Chexbres, Saint-Saphorin, Rivaz and Epesses.
Along the way, you can have an enjoyable break in one of the many vineyard cellars or enjoy a meal in a traditional “pinte vaudoise”. Thanks to the railway line running along Lake Geneva, you can shorten the loop – total length 10.4 km – by taking the train from Saint-Saphorin, Rivaz or Epesses. The route is suitable for buggies and wheelchairs, although there are some quite steep parts.
Accessible by car and by train from Vevey, the Chexbres train station is the ideal starting point for a walk to Lavaux.See more
With a view of Lake Geneva, Chexbres is easily accessible by train and by car for walks and visiting Lavaux.See more
The Coeur d’Or wine cellar has changed from its original function to now hosting approximately 50 shows per year.See more
More than just a property, this place is an ode to the Lavaux UNESCO heritage and the Vaudois way of life.See more
At the heart of Lavaux UNESCO, in the center of Chexbres, Champs de Clos produces an impressive range of quality wines.See more
An emblematic grape variety of the Vaud canton, the Chasselas conservatory can be found on the Louis Bovard domain, in Lavaux.See more
Lavaux soils are rich and varied, making an excellent breeding ground for vines and a case study for the geologists.See more
The Lavaux UNESCO vineyards require special care and wine-producing techniques that are different to other vineyards.See more
Wine growing and tourism are two important economic sectors in the development of Lavaux UNESCO.See more
Dedicated to St-Symphorien, the Church, classified as an important national historic monument, has given its name to the village.See more
The Chevalley family has produced its "Les Fosses" wine, a small quality brand, for generations in St-Saphorin.See more
In the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage listed site of Lavaux, this gourmet brasserie has been welcoming guests for more than seven centuries.See more
In one of the most beautiful villages of Switzerland, a dozen wine makers offer wine tastings.See more
In St-Saphorin, the cellar of the wine producer Alain Ruchonnet houses quality wines, or “crus”, as well as an unusual collection…See more
The history of Lavaux, one of the most beautiful regions of Switzerland, is ancient, rich and naturally linked to wine production.See more
Located at the shores of Lake Geneva, Glérolles is a beautiful castle and one of the most prestigious winegrowing areas in Lavaux.See more
Chasselas, the most popular white grape variety in Lavaux, other red and white varieties, are cultivated there.See more
In the centre of Rivaz, in Lavaux, the Chappuis family have been producing their wine and sharing their passion since 1335.See more
The owners of the Vieux Pressoir cellar, the Ruchonnet family, have been growing vines for 550 years!See more
At the heart of the Lavaux UNESCO region, the Village of Rivaz is the home and workplace of around 15 winegrowers.See more
Right in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage vineyard terraces, the Vinorama is open to all wine-lovers.See more
Characterised by its head-spinning gradient, Dézaley is a prestigious appellation in the UNESCO-listed Lavaux region.See more
Dézaley is a prestigious production site and its unusual slops characterise the Lavaux UNESCO region.See more
The Clos des Abbayes is one of the oldest domains in Lavaux, covering almost 5 hectares in Dézaley.See more
The ancient Clos des Moines domain is perched at the top of a 30% slope in Dézaley, in the heart of the Lavaux UNESCO region.See more
This pleasant covered picnic area with table and benches, offers a spectacular view of the Lavaux UNESCO region.See more
Amid the UNESCO-listed Lavaux vineyards, Calamin joins Dézaley as one of the most famous appellations of the Lake Geneva region.See more
With its narrow streets and balconies over Lake Geneva, Epesses is one of the most typical villages in the Lavaux UNESCO region.See more
In the heart of Epesses in Lavaux, the Auberge du vigneron delights with its delicious local cuisine and breathtaking view.See more
The Verre Gourmand, a new wine tasting venue in the village of Epesses, is managed by the Rouge family, winegrowers since 1553.See more
In Lavaux, 20 cellars regularly open their doors to let visitors discover the local wines.See more
Lake Geneva is the largest lake in Western Europe and an integral part of the beautiful Lavaux UNESCO landscape.See more
One of the most beautiful regions in Switzerland, the poetic Lavaux UNESCO landscape has always inspired artists.See more
From the Le Deck terrace, Le Baron Tavernier Hotel, Restaurant & Spa in Chexbres offers one of the most spectacular views of the entire Lavaux region.See more
A friendly welcome and high quality cuisine are the magic words for this establishment in the centre of Chexbres.See more
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You can leave your car at Chexbres train station. Saint-Saphorin, Rivaz and Epesses can be reached thanks to the regional train.
The journey extends over nearly 10 kms. Allow for more or less a five-hour walk.
The excursion is accessible to persons of average fitness and children who are able to walk by themselves. The paths are all asphalted and can be followed with pushchairs and wheelchairs, taking into account big differences in level in places.
All along this walk, you will be guided by you smartphone (Android or iPhone). The application does not require any external connection; it works thanks to the GPS and asks that you authorise access to your location data. Before leaving, ensure that your mobile phone is fully charged or equip yourself with a battery charger.
Good walking-shoes and a bottle of water are also advised.
When you need a break...
The scenery in Lavaux lends itself perfectly to well-deserved breaks. Be sure to respect nature and the private properties along the way; don't leave any other souvenirs of your passing-by than taking photos...
The village cafés and restaurants along the way will gladly welcome you for a drink or a meal.
Responsibility and security
You undertake this stroll in the countryside, the town and the villages on your own responsibility. Please respect the countryside and the private properties. Be careful and read our safety reminder below, which ensures a safe stroll. In the event of an accident, Montreux-Vevey Tourism disclaims all liability.
The stroll in the Lavaux vineyards takes you off the beaten track to typical villages and along the vines.
During your discovery stroll, remember these safety instructions.
Where should you walk?
• Preferably use the sidewalks.
• If there are no sidewalks, walk on the side of the road.
• If you walk on the road, preferably use the left-hand side in the direction you walk in. Bikers have priority on the cycle tracks.
How to cross a road?
• Preferably use the pedestrian crossings.
• If you see no crossing, cross the road where you have good visibility, avoid sharp turns, uphill areas, bridges and parking areas.
• Be careful when you cross the road; choose a good moment and cross at a good pace.
Thank you for your attention and caution. Enjoy your stroll in the heart of the Lavaux vineyards!