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With nearly 4000 hectares of vineyards, the canton of Vaud is one of the most important wine-growing regions in Switzerland. Structured into six regions and eight appellations d'origine contrôlée (AOC), it seduces its visitors with a very large variety of grape varieties and wines.

Probably introduced on the shores of Lake Geneva and in the Alps by the Romans, the cultivation of vines was developed by monks throughout the Middle Ages. During the Renaissance, these gave way to winegrowing families whose descendants remain very attached to their traditions. To this day, wine is a strong element in the social, economic and cultural fabric of the canton of Vaud.

With a great diversity of terroirs, the region lends itself to the cultivation of numerous grape varieties. The most emblematic of these is the Chasselas, a tasty golden grape, which produces crystalline white wines that are as much appreciated as an aperitif as they are as an accompaniment to a fillet of féra du lac or a cheese dish. Among the most typical grape varieties to be savored are mondeuse, le plant robert, and pinot gris.

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The canton of Vaud is made up of six wine-growing regions and eight AOCs: La Côte AOC, Lavaux (with three AOCs: Lavaux AOC, Calamin AOC and Dézaley AOC), Chablais AOC, Vully AOC, Bonvillars AOC, and Les Côtes de l'Orbe AOC. With particularities specific to each area, pictoreseque landscapes are to die for. 

Throughout the year, wine lovers can take advantage of a rich oenotouristic choice. It is enhanced throughout the canton by the Vaud Œnotourism label, which guarantees high quality standards. Easily identifiable, wine professionals, restaurant, tourism, and wineries and shops selling local products open their doors to all foodies curious to discover the canton of Vaud through its gastronomy. From wine-tasting at the cellar to a guided walk through the terraced vineyards or a ride on the mini wine train, you'll be sure to find something to suit every palate and style.

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CAVES OUVERTES VAUD - A LA CARTE
5-6 September 2020
Around Vaud
Normally, this event takes place in May but was moved to this weekend. Each winery will have made separate decisions whether they are participating in this event. Most will have wine-tasting and special offers going on.

https://www.region-du-leman.ch/fr/Z7685/caves-ouvertes-vaudoises?group=320