SWITZERLAND WINE TOURS

Meeting with the Swiss winegrowers 
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OFFER ON REQUEST
7
days
DESCRIPTION :

The cantons of Geneva, Vaud and Valais are the main wine producers of the western part of Switzerland, and produce an astonishing wealth of unique wines, made from a multitude of grape varieties. The vineyards are located in the middle of breathtaking scenery, between lakes and snow-capped alpine peaks, giving wine tastings, cellar visits and gourmet meals an unforgettable background. 

In collaboration with your tour leader, Mrs Catherine Antille, specialised in oenology and heritage protection, we have selected winegrowers who will be delighted to welcome you and present their profession with a tour of the vineyards and a visit to their cellars. 

They will tell you about their production choices and finally share a wine tasting. During this trip, we have also selected some of the best restaurants because exquisite and refined cuisine goes hand in hand with fine wines. 

HIGHLIGHTS :
  • All transportation in a private and comfortable vehicle

  • Several wine tastings in the best wine cellars of each region

  • Lunches in gourmet restaurants

  • The discovery of some of the most striking scenery in Western Switzerland

  • Attractive hotels always ideally located

PROGRAMM :

Day 1-2
Arrival in Geneva and visit of the main vineyards of the "Mandement", in the Geneva countryside. Quaint villages, a historical castle, wine tasting at Domaine Stéphane Gros in Dardagny and lunch in a 2* Michelin await you at Domaine Chateauvieux of Philippe Chevrier. Two nights at Four Seasons Les Bergues hotel 5*.

Day 3

En route from Geneva to Lausanne. You’ll pass through the wine region of "La Côte", and make a stop in Féchy to meet Raymond Paccot, wine maker in collaboration with his daughter Laura. Then you’ll have lunch at a 19/20 Gault & Millau restaurant, l'Hermitage des Ravet at Vufflens-Le-Château. In Lausanne, visit the Olympic museum by the lakeside. Night at Hôtel Beau-Rivage Palace 5* which offers a 2* Michelin restaurant managed by Anne-Sophie Pic.

Day 4-5

Visit of the wine region of "Lavaux" registered as a United Nations heritage site, located on a balcony overlooking Lake Geneva. A wine tasting will take place in one of the beautiful village of Chexbres at the Domaine Christophe Francey. In Vevey, a very interesting visit to Chaplin's World Museum. From Montreux, take the panoramic cogwheel train up to the top of Rochers-de-Naye to enjoy the pleasure of the spectacular view of Lake Geneva. Then continue to the Chablais area, to visit a famous winemaker at Yvorne, Philippe Gex at the Domaine de La Pierre Latine. Nights at Montreux Palace  5* and Grand Hôtel des Bains 4* in Lavey.

Day 6-7

After a night in the Lavey thermal hotel, departure for the canton of Valais.
First stop will be at Plan-Cerisier, in the footsteps of nomadic winegrowers and their mazots. Then a local road will give you the opportunity to discover several villages where the biodynamic method, introduced gradually since 1999, is now practiced throughout the vineyard. Stop at Vetroz to visit the Domaine Jean-René Germanier and Gilles Besse.
For lunch, you will dine on a terrace where an old winegrower's hut, the "guérite Brulefer" has been transformed to receive guests eager to learn about local wines and dishes. Night at Chetzeron 4* or The Crans Hotel 5*.

On the last day, you will start by the visit of a great wine maker, Nicolas Bagnoud in Flanthey. Lunch will be served at Château de Villa in Sierre, where you can taste and buy many wines from the Valais region.  

In the afternoon, the tour will end at Visperterminen with a visit to the unique St Jodern winery.  Their vineyards are ancestral with a rare characteristic: they are from "free-standing" vines, i.e. not grafted. 
 

Return to Geneva or extend the trip to Zermatt for instance. 

PRICES :

Itinerary from Geneva : the definitive rate is calculated for each request as it depends of the number of travelers.

 

INCLUDED :

Private transportation by minivan // Accommodation in Superior double or twin room in 4 to 5* hotels // A guide on the whole tour from Geneva // Wine tasting in several wine cellars // Excursions and entrance tickets for all activities mentioned // Travel documentation
 

NOT INCLUDED :

The journey between your home and Geneva // Meals and drinks // All optional activities during free time // Personal expenses and any tips for guides // Repatriation & cancellation insurance

Mrs Catherine Antille, specialised
in oenology and heritage protection

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