The Winegrowers’ Festival pays tribute to the wine-growing traditions in theand the . The show is exceptional by its size alone, where the crowning of the winegrowers and vineyard hands takes centre stage. Its history dates back to the 17th century, although the first known festival was organised in 1797 by the Confrérie des Vignerons (Brotherhood of Winegrowers). Since then, the Winegrowers’ Festival has been held ten times only. It's this very scarcity that contributes to its legend. Those who have attended it hope to be able to see it again. The younger generations look forward to comparing their forefathers’ stories with their own experiences.
Even today, the festival is organised by the “Confrérie des Vignerons” with the help of thousands of volunteers coming fromand the surroundings. Thanks to the population’s commitment, the festival has been Switzerland’s first living tradition to be recognised by UNESCO.
In summer 2019, nearly a million visitors from around the world flocked to Vevey in the region of. . They were either fans of ’ , extraordinary artistic performances or simply interested in discovering a tradition registered by UNESCO as intangible cultural heritage. “Ville en Fête” is the side event of this eagerly awaited festival. The streets were filled with restaurants and cellars as well as freely accessible entertainment that is suitable for the whole family. As to the “Cantonal Days”, they featured a different Swiss region every day. The wines from each region were served on the Terrasses de la Confrérie.
Theis scheduled to run hourly to take passengers from Vevey to the heart of the Lavaux vineyards. This is where you can taste local wines, visit the and get insight into the passion and work of the winegrowers honoured by the Festival. Some of these winegrowers offer holiday apartments, a charming way to discover the daily life of these artisans of wine.
Vevey and its Winegrowers’ Festival are the ideal departing point for not-to-miss excursions to Lake Geneva, the surrounding mountains and the cultural and gastronomic sites in the canton of Vaud.
In 2016, The New York Times shortlisted the canton of Vaud as one of the world’s most beautiful destinations and has again recognised its quality, diversity and authentic tourism offer this year by including the town of Vevey and its exceptional Winegrowers’ Festival 2019 in the 52 must-visit destinations in 2019. This recommendation is also shared by the National Geographic and The Guardian.
This promotional boost obviously came about thanks to the Winegrowers’ Festival 2019. Be that as it may, all these merits are well deserved. Vevey offers cultural sites, pleasant living conditions and an authenticity throughout the year. This has attracted many people, including stars like Charlie Chaplin, who is celebrated in thein Corsier-sur-Vevey.
The soul of the Winegrowers’ Festival is eternal. Visitors can learn all about its legend at the. (Brotherhood of Winegrowers). The best way to experience this tradition throughout the seasons is to board the . It’ll take you to the villages in the Lavaux vineyards where you can meet Winegrowers and vineyard hands. There wouldn't be a festival without them. To get to Vevey and the shores of Lake Geneva, tourists and natives like to board a